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Edward Reynolds

1599-1676. Bishop of Norwich. Educated at Merton College, Oxford, he was a moderate Anglican with Puritan sympathies. Member of the Westminster Assembly* in 1643, he served on the committee of twenty-two which examined ministers presented by parishes, and took the Solemn League and Covenant* in 1644. From 1645 to 1662 he was vicar of St. Lawrence Jewry and in 1647 one of the parliamentary visitors to Oxford University. He was vice-chancellor of Oxford in 1648, and dean of Christ Church, 1648-50, and again in 1659, when he refused to subscribe the Engagement and was ejected. At the Restoration he conformed, and in June 1660 drew up proposals for reconciling Episcopalians and Presbyterians. In 1661 he made similar efforts at the Savoy Conference* and was made bishop of Norwich, where he treated dissenters with moderation. The numerous sermons and short religious works which he published remained popular until the nineteenth century.