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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. A firm believer in episcopalianism, or rule by bishops, "Laudianism" refers to liturgical practices designed to enforce uniformity within the Church of England, as outlined by Charles. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Laud has received more than 541,028 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. William Laud is the 597th most popular religious figure (down from 497th in 2019), the 469th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 392nd in 2019) and the 8th 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 597 out of 2,238Before him are Macarius of Egypt, Angelus Silesius, Jacobus da Varagine, Pope Stephen VI, Pope Severinus, and Pope Leo VI. After him are Nichiren, Pope Romanus, Pope Theodore I, Theophanes the Confessor, Tarcisius, and Ananias of Damascus.

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Among people born in 1573, William Laud ranks 3Before him are Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria and Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland. After him are Simon Marius, Gabrielle d'Estrées, Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, Inigo Jones, Ambrosius Bosschaert, Ernest Casimir I, Count of Nassau-Dietz, Sebastiaen Vrancx, Ukita Hideie, and Robert Catesby. Among people deceased in 1645, William Laud ranks 6Before him are Miyamoto Musashi, Hugo Grotius, Michael of Russia, Francisco de Quevedo, and Li Zicheng. After him are Nur Jahan, Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, Marie de Gournay, Anthony van Diemen, Feng Menglong, and Eudoxia Streshneva.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Laud ranks 469 out of 7,765Before him are Joshua Reynolds (1723), Richard Francis Burton (1821), Donald Pleasence (1919), John Hicks (1904), Samuel Butler (1835), and Samuel Johnson (1709). After him are William Adams (1564), Gregory Bateson (1904), Gustav Holst (1874), John Donne (1572), William Godwin (1756), and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York (1473).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In United Kingdom

Among religious figures born in United Kingdom, William Laud ranks 8Before him are Saint Ursula (400), Thomas Becket (1119), Saint Boniface (680), John Wesley (1703), Saint Walpurga (710), and John Knox (1514). After him are Thomas Wolsey (1473), William Tyndale (1494), John Harvard (1607), Pope Adrian IV (1100), John Henry Newman (1801), and Willibrord (658).