William Laud

1573 - 1645

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William Laud (LAWD; 7 October 1573 – 10 January 1645) was a bishop in the Church of England. Appointed Archbishop of Canterbury by Charles I in 1633, Laud was a key advocate of Charles I's religious reforms; he was arrested by Parliament in 1640 and executed towards the end of the First English Civil War in January 1645. Laud believed in episcopalianism, or rule by bishops. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Laud has received more than 630,684 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). William Laud is the 550th most popular religious figure (up from 615th in 2019), the 369th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 469th in 2019) and the 5th most popular British Religious Figure.

Laud was a 17th century archbishop of Canterbury, and is most famous for his role in the English Civil War.

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Among religious figures, William Laud ranks 550 out of 3,187Before him are Penitent thief, Simon Magus, Pope Boniface II, Antipope Clement VII, Zayd ibn Thabit, and Meritaten. After him are Saint Timothy, Truganini, Pope Telesphorus, Josemaría Escrivá, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, and Pope John XIII.

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Among people born in 1573, William Laud ranks 2Before him is Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria. After him are Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland, Gabrielle d'Estrées, Simon Marius, Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, Inigo Jones, Ambrosius Bosschaert, Ukita Hideie, Ernest Casimir I, Count of Nassau-Dietz, Sebastiaen Vrancx, and Agnes Hedwig of Anhalt. Among people deceased in 1645, William Laud ranks 5Before him are Miyamoto Musashi, Hugo Grotius, Michael of Russia, and Li Zicheng. After him are Francisco de Quevedo, Nur Jahan, Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, Marie de Gournay, Feng Menglong, Anthony van Diemen, and Eudoxia Streshneva.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Laud ranks 369 out of 8,785Before him are Theresa May (1956), Arthur Balfour (1848), Henry Moore (1898), Francis William Aston (1877), Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (1660), and John Ruskin (1819). After him are Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885), Harthacnut (1018), Anne, Princess Royal (1950), Calico Jack (1682), Martin Ryle (1918), and Harold Pinter (1930).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In United Kingdom

Among religious figures born in United Kingdom, William Laud ranks 5Before him are Saint Patrick (385), Saint Ursula (400), Alcuin (735), and Thomas Becket (1119). After him are Edward the Confessor (1003), John Wesley (1703), John Knox (1514), Saint Walpurga (710), Saint Boniface (680), Thomas Wolsey (1473), and Pope Adrian IV (1100).