Lowe admits that Sparrow could be duplicitous, arrogant and selfish, and is damning about his feckless tenure in the Wardenship
. He was determined to keep the college as he liked it, without really considering its role for the future, or its contribution to the life of the university or, indeed, the wishes of his colleagues.
Harding and the Quiverfuls in the competition for wardenship
of Hiram's Hospital or Eleanor Bold in the rivalry of two clergymen for her hand in marriage.
This course of action, meant to bring about a quick and decisive reform, achieves little else than making Harding miserable and entrenching Archdeacon Grantly more deeply into a reactionary position, namely keeping the terms of the wardenship
just as they always have been without any possibility of change.
Indeed, in 1609 Knyvett, then in his early sixties, decided to share the wardenship
of the mint with his protege.
In Ireland the Earl of Kildare was dismissed as governor and replaced by a military captain, Sir William Skeffington; in the north, Lord Dacre was removed from the wardenship of the west marches towards Scotland and replaced by the Earl of Cumberland; and in Wales Bishop Rowland Lee replaced Bishop Vesey of Exeter as president - all in the same month.
Lord Dacre's extended tenure of the wardenship enabled him gradually to patch up this hole in border defence, even though he could not afford a garrison to plug the gap.
Added to this were principal royal offices such as the Wardenship of the West March and most of the Duchy of Lancaster stewardships in the north.
He dominated Northumberland, where he was the principal landowner and he, or his son, always held the wardenship of the east march.