Known as the “Shakespeare of Divines,” Jeremy Taylor was a priest and writer during the reign of Charles I, the protectorate under Oliver Cromwell, and the reign of Charles II. Taylor, the son of a barber, attended Cambridge University and was ordained by the time he was 20. His best-known works are the devotionals The Rules and Exercises of Holy Living and The Rules and Exercises of Holy Dying, which were favorites of John Wesley and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Taylor also wrote an appeal for religious tolerance 50 years before John Locke’s famous Letters concerning Toleration.
The Jeremy Taylor Collection contains the two beloved devotionals, his essay on religious tolerance and The Golden Grove, a manual for personal devotion. The Logos Bible Software edition lets you examine difficult theological terms using the dictionary lookup tool, and links Latin, Greek, and Hebrew words to other language resources.
Jeremy Taylor (1613–1667) was born to a barber in Cambridge. He attended Cambridge University and was ordained when he was 20. Taylor caught the attention of William Laud, the archbishop of Canterbury, who became his patron. At Laud’s recommendation, Taylor was made chaplain to King Charles I. His association with Laud and King Charles made him suspect when the Puritans defeated the King’s forces in the English Civil War. After the restoration of Charles II, Taylor was made bishop of Down and Conner in Ireland.