Edmund Freke (also spelled Freake or Freak; c. 1516–1591) was an English dean and bishop.
|Bishop of Worcester|
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of Worcester|
|Term ended||1591 (death)|
|Other posts||Bishop of Rochester & Archdeacon of Canterbury (1572–1575)|
Bishop of Norwich (1575–1584)
|Died||1591 (aged 74–75)|
|Alma mater||Cambridge University|
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. In 1575, he became Bishop of Norwich. There, unlike his predecessor John Parkhurst, he campaigned hard to impose uniformity in his diocese.
In 1579 he tried and then burnt a Norfolk plowright, Matthew Hamont, for heresy.
- "Freake, Edmund (FRK550E)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- 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.
- Concise Dictionary of National Biography
- Christopher Durston, Princes, Pastors and People: The Church and Religion in England, 1529-1689 (1991), p. 133.
- 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.
- Usher, Brett. Lord Burghley and Episcopacy, 1577-1603.
|Church of England titles|
| Bishop of Rochester
| Bishop of Norwich
| Bishop of Worcester