Moket, Richard

Moket, Richard an English theologian, was born in Dorsetshire in 1578, and was educated at Oxford University, of which he finally became fellow and doctor, distinctions that opened to him several prominent positions, of which he finally accepted that of provost of All-Souls' College, Oxford. He was also appointed. one of the royal commissioners to supervise ecclesiastical affairs. He translated into Latin the Liturgy, sundry catechisms, the constitution, and several other instruments and documents relative to the Anglican Church, in order to distribute them as models worthy of imitation by foreign Church establishments. The collection was printed at London (1616, folio). But it had hardly been given to the public when theologians and schoolmen raised such a hue and cry against the work as finally consigned it to the fire. According to Heylin (Life of Laud, page 70), this proscription was due solely to the unintentional omission on the part of the hapless translator of one of the prerogatives of the English Church. The whole edition of his work was utterly destroyed. One of the treatises which it contained — De Polita Ecclesiae Anglicanae — was reprinted at London, 1683, 8vo. Moket died at Oxford in 1618. See Wood, Athenae Oxon.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of British and American Authors, s.v.

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