Edmund Freke

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Edmund Freke
Bishop of Worcester
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Worcester
Installed 1584
Term ended 1591 (death)
Predecessor John Whitgift
Successor Richard Fletcher
Other posts Bishop of Rochester & Archdeacon of Canterbury (1572–1575)
Bishop of Norwich (1575–1584)
Personal details
Born c. 1516
Died 1591 (aged 74–75)
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Cambridge University

Edmund Freke (also spelled Freake or Freak; c. 1516–1591) was an English dean and bishop.


He was born in Essex, and educated at Cambridge,[1] gaining his M.A. there c. 1550.[2]

In 1565 he was appointed Canon of the sixth stall at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, a position he held until 1572.

He was Dean of Salisbury and Dean of Rochester from 1571 to 1572 when he became Bishop of Rochester and was simultaneously Archdeacon of Canterbury in commendam.[3] In 1575, he became Bishop of Norwich.[4] There, unlike his predecessor John Parkhurst, he campaigned hard to impose uniformity in his diocese.[5][6]

In 1579 he tried and then burnt a Norfolk plowright, Matthew Hamont, for heresy.

In 1584, he became Bishop of Worcester.[4] He was also appointed Lord Almoner, a position he held until his death. [7]


  1. ^ http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63712
  2. ^ "Freake, Edmund (FRK550E)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ British History Online: Archdeacons of Canterbury 1541–1857: Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae, volume 3: Canterbury, Rochester and Winchester dioceses (1974), pp. 15-17. Date accessed: 10 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  5. ^ Christopher Durston, Princes, Pastors and People: The Church and Religion in England, 1529-1689 (1991), p. 133.
  6. ^ Ralph Houlbrooke, Godly Reformers and their Opponents in Early Modern England: Religion in Norwich, c.1560-1643, The English Historical Review 2007 CXXII(497), pp. 751-753.
  7. ^ Usher, Brett. Lord Burghley and Episcopacy, 1577-1603. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edmund Gheast
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
John Piers
Preceded by
John Parkhurst
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
Edmund Scambler
Preceded by
John Whitgift
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
Richard Fletcher
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