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date: 05 December 2019

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This article chronicles the final period of John Donne. Donne had departed for Germany in 1619, fearful he might die abroad; he returned to England with James Hay, Viscount Doncaster, at the beginning of 1620, flush with success, for he carried with him a precious gold medal presented to him by the delegates of the Synod of Dort. He doubtless knew that only his friend Joseph Hall had been so honoured by the States General: even the other British delegates to the Synod had received silver versions. Donne cherished its value and pointedly regarded it as a personal tribute, bequeathing it to his ‘welbeloved’ friend Henry King as ‘that Medall of gold of the Synod of Dort which the States presented me w th all at the Hague’. Donne's responsibilities at St Paul's also involved the supervision of a large ecclesiastical establishment. Donne's greatest achievement in his final years was the forging of an extraordinarily complex, ‘almost unique brand of churchmanship’.

Keywords: period, John Donne, churchmanship, ecclesiastical establishment, James Hay, Viscount Doncaster

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