Angelus, Christopher (DNB00)

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ANGELUS, CHRISTOPHER (d. 1638), was a native of the Peloponnesus, who was persecuted by the Turkish governor of Athens. Having been released from prison at the request of some of the archonti, he sailed in an English ship for Yarmouth in 1608. The clergy of Norwich received him hospitably, and he was sent by the bishop to Trinity College, Cambridge. He moved, for the sake of his health, to Oxford in 1610, where he studied in Balliol, read Greek with the younger students, and died 1 Feb. 1638, leaving the character of ‘a pure Grecian and an honest and harmless man.’

He wrote: 1. ‘Of the many Stripes and Torments inflicted on Christopher Angelus by the Turks for the faith which he had in Jesus Christ,’ Oxford, 1617. 2. ‘An Encomium of the famous Kingdome of Great Britaine, and of the two flourishing sister Universities, Oxford and Cambridge,’ Cambridge, 1619. Both these are in Greek and English. 3. ‘Enchiridion de Institutis Græcorum,’ Cambridge, 1619; an account in Greek and Latin of the rites of the Greek church. A Latin version by George Fhelan was published at Frankfort, 1655, ‘Status et Ritus Ecclesiæ Græcæ,’ and an enlarged edition of the latter version, called ‘De Statu hodiernorum Græcorum Enchiridion,’ at Leipzig in 1679 in Cyprius's ‘Chronicon Ecclesiæ Græcæ.’ 4. ‘Labor Christophori Angeli, Græci, de Apostasia Ecclesiæ et de homine peccati, scilicet Antichristi,’ &c., London, 1624; an attempt to identify Mahomet with Antichrist, and to prove that the last Mahomet will be destroyed in 1876.

[Gent. Mag. lxiv. pt. ii. 785; Wood's Athenæ, ed. Bliss, ii. 633.]