Henry Lord was a chaplain to the East India Company
in Surat, India from 1624-1629. He ensured himself a permanent and unique
place in the history of Zoroastrian studies, by writing "A Display of Two
Foreign Sects in the East Indies."
Lord studies a unique as he was a chaplain, rather than a
missionary, and made a serious attempt to understand the religions rather
than condemn them. His writing was used as a source by later European
writers on Zoroastrian studies. Lord's work was used by Jean Chardin and
Thomas Hyde in their respective works which proved instrumental to inspire
Anquetil Du Perron's
quest to visit the Parsee community in Surat, to bring copies of Avesta
scriptures to the west.
A Discovery of Two Foreign Sects: The Sect of the Parsees