James Montague (bishop)
James Montague (c.1568–1618) was an English bishop.
He was a graduate of Christ's College, Cambridge, and became in 1596 the first Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, for which he laid the foundation stone. He was connected to Frances Sidney, founder of the college, his great-aunt: his maternal grandmother was her sister Lucy Sidney. From that time he was a patron of Thomas Gataker. In 1603 he became Dean of the Chapel Royal. Montague was both a courtier and a Calvinist, and closer to the king than George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury; he is considered to have influenced James I against the Arminians. With the other courtiers Sir Robert Darcy and John Harington, 1st Baron Harington of Exton, Montague introduced to court circles, and especially those around Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, the Puritan Arthur Hildersham, and the radical religious figures Henry Jacob and John Burges.
He edited the collected works of James I; it has been said that his introductions "push the art of panegyric close to deification". He had worked with James on An Apologie for the Oath of Allegiance in 1607, at Royston and Newmarket, reading to James the four volumes of the works of Cardinal Bellarmine.
He was Dean of Lichfield in 1603, Dean of Worcester in 1604, Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1608 and Bishop of Winchester in 1616. At Bath and Wells, he contributed to the legend of the Holy Thorn of Glastonbury, in an entertainment for Anne of Denmark, when the character of Joseph of Arimathea presented boughs to the Queen. He is buried in an alabaster tomb in Bath Abbey.
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|New title||Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
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|Bishop of Bath and Wells
|Bishop of Winchester