Roger Morrice and the Puritan Whigs - The Entring Book, 1677-1691 (Paperback)Mark A Goldie (author)
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Roger Morrice and the Puritan Whigs explains a movement, illuminates the world of its emblematic representative, and explores one of the most remarkable documents of the seventeenth century.
Morrice's Entring Book was supremely well-informed, passionately committed, and relentlessly opinionated. Chronicling the years 1677 to 1691, nearly a million words in length, it is the fullest surviving record of the tumultuous final years of the Stuart regime, from the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis to the Glorious Revolution.
Morrice was a Puritan clergyman turned confidential reporter for leading Whig politicians, a barometer of opinion, for whom reliable information was vital for public action. Just twenty years after Pepys's Diary, the Entring Book depicts a darker England, gripped by a new crisis of 'popery and arbitrary government'.
Mark Goldie's deeply considered book examines the fortunes of Puritanism in the later Stuart age. It offers a story of disillusion and diminuendo, of struggles for survival in the face of intolerance, and of self-understanding among those who hoped to transform England through 'Godly rule'.
Yet the book also tells a countervailing story of revitalized and transformed Puritanism. Puritans worked through parliament, the royal court, and the households of gentry, merchants, lawyers, and clergy. Setting out to galvanize civil society, they mobilized public opinion, organized electorates, and deployed the arts of journalism, influence, and persuasion.
This book has been adapted, with a new substantial introduction and updated bibliography, from the first volume of the Entring Book of Roger Morrice.
Mark Goldie is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 462
Weight: 896 g
Dimensions: 238 x 172 x 28 mm
Will be of immense interest to specialists of the period and it is accessible to others.... Overall this is a very well-crafted monograph, which contains profound insights on the nature of political and religious shifts in late-Stuart England, and a sense of the intricacy of individual trajectories, group identities, and social practices. CERCLES
Mark Goldie's book...is one of the best treatments of the complexity and conflicts of the later Stuart period....[It] illuminates the thinking of people beyond just Puritanism and therefore is essential reading for any student of the late seventeenth century. JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS HISTORY, LITERATURE AND CULTURE
[Mark Goldie] and his team have done a tremendous service to make the study of this period easier and more rewarding. A TRUMPET OF SEDITION
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