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It was said of him, that he "carried prelature in his very aspect." [[Anthony Wood]] proclaimed him so "complete in divinity, so well skilled in languages, so read in the Fathers and Schoolmen, so judicious is making use of his readings, that at length he was found to be no longer a soldier, but a commander in chief in the spiritual warfare, especially when he became a bishop!" Bilson is also remembered for being hawkish against recusant Roman Catholics.<ref>Michael C. Questier, ''Conversion, Politics and Religion in England, 1580-1625'' (1996), note p. 189.</ref> [[Henry Parker (pamphleteer)|Henry Parker]] drew on both Bilson and [[Richard Hooker]] in his pamphlet writing around the time of [[English Civil War]].<ref>Michael Mendle, ''Henry Parker and the English Civil War: The Political Thought of the Public's 'Privado' '' (2003), p. 63.</ref>
Bilson had argued for resistance to a Roman Catholic prince. A century later, [[Richard Baxter]] drew on Bilson in proposing and justifying the deposition of [[James II of England|James II]].<ref>William M. Lamont, ''Richard Baxter and the Millennium'' (1979), p. 29.</ref> What Bilson had envisaged in 1585 was a "wild" scenario or [[Counterfactual history|counterfactual]], a Roman Catholic monarch of England: its relevance to practical politics came much later.<ref>William Lamont, ''Puritanism and Historical Controversy'' (1996), pp. 56-8.</ref>