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Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History: Godly Clergy in Early Stuart England: The Caroline Puritan Movement, c.1620-1643 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History: Godly Clergy in Early Stuart England: The Caroline Puritan Movement, c.1620-1643 (Paperback)

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Paperback 372 Pages / Published: 30/10/2003
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This book reconsiders the existence of an early Stuart Puritan movement, and examines the ways in which Puritan clergymen encouraged greater sociability with their like-minded colleagues, both in theory and in practice, to such an extent that they came to define themselves as 'a peculiar people', a community distinct from their less faithful rivals. Their voluntary communal rituals encouraged a view of the world divided between 'us' and 'them'. This provides a context for a renewed examination of the thinking behind debates on ceremonial nonconformity and reactions to the Laudian changes of the 1630s. From this a new perspective is developed on arguments about emigration and church government, arguments that proved crucial to Parliamentarian unity during the English Civil War.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521521406
Number of pages: 372
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
' ... a richly nuanced study of forms and practices of clerical sociability that helped to define Puritanism and shape its response to the changing conditions of the Caroline Church ... [Webster] is a new voice in the field of Puritan studies and one that promises to be an important one'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"...his conceptual framework expressed in the spirit....If significant books are those which rearrange our perception of some important matter of inquiry, then this is a significant book....Webster's title promises more than his book delivers....Webster's book is a useful, detailed account." Richard L.Greaves, Studies in Christianity and Culture
"...a new approach to the early Stuart Puritan movement." Theology Digest
"...this extremely detailed volume...will be a valued addition to any serious collection devoted to religious or Tudor-Stuart history." Sheldon Hanft, History
"...Webster's book is interesting and perceptive...." Robert J. Frankle, Journal of Church and State
"Tom Webster's Godly Clergy in Early Sturat England is an important regional study of Puritan preachers in early seventeenth-century England....a convincing study by an obviously gifted archivist and scholar of religious history." Melinda S. Zook, Journal of Modern History

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