It is 1567, and the Puritan Thomas Cartwright returns to Cambridge after two years away in Ireland, where he has been serving as chaplain to the Archbishop of Armagh. This Cartwright is a scholarly thirty-two year old, an intellectual of high order. According to Theodore Bezaâ€™s estimate, â€˜the sun does not see a more learned manâ€™, an opinion shared by others who are in a position to judge. Cartwright has come back to Cambridge to take up his Fellowship at Trinity once again. He has enjoyed a long acquaintance with the ancient halls of learning clustered around the Cam at the southern tip of the Fens; indeed, he has already achieved a most distinguished academic career in the University. Entering Clare Hall as a boy of twelve, twenty years before this return from Ireland, he had gone on to St Johnâ€™s two years later as a scholar under Thomas Lever. Then on to London for legal studies in 1556 at the age of eighteen. He returned to Cambridge in 1560, this time as Fellow at Trinity. Then he moved on to become a Fellow at his old college, St Johnâ€™s, serving as junior Dean for a short while in 1562. After which, back to Trinity as major Fellow until 1565. During these years, he engaged himself in the vigorous Puritan controversy in the University over vestments, and his arguments were successful in bringing into Trinity the reforms already in place at St Johnâ€™s. Now, in 1567, after two years absence Cartwright is back at Trinity once again, this time to be the University preacher.