Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Chambers, Robert (1571-1624?)

CHAMBERS, ROBERT (1571–1624?), catholic divine, was a native of Yorkshire, and arrived as a boy at the English college at Rheims in December 1582. He was admitted on 24 Feb. 1592–3 into the English college at Rome, where he was ordained priest. In 1599 he was appointed confessor to the English Benedictine nuns at Brussels, and he held that office till 1623, when he left for England, where he died shortly afterwards. He is the author of: 1. ‘Palestina, written by Mr. R[obert] C[hambers], P[riest] and Bachelor of Divinitie,’ Florence, 1600, 4to. A legendary and allegorical romance founded on the gospels. 2. ‘Miracles lately wrought by the intercession of the Glorious Virgin Mary at Mont-aigu, nere unto Sichẽ in Brabant. Translated out of the French copie [of P. Numan] into English,’ Antwerp, 1606, 8vo. Robert Tynley published at London, in 1609, ‘Two learned Sermons,’ in the second of which ‘are answered many of the arguments published by R. Chambers, Priest, concerning Popish Miracles.’

[Cat. of Printed Books in the Brit. Mus. to the year 1640, i. 310, 357, ii. 1071, iii. 1523; Diaries of the English College, Douay, 192, 196, 232, 245–8; Dodd's Church Hist. ii. 381; Foley's Records, vi. 190, 349; Lowndes's Bibl. Man. (Bohn), 407.]

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