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Godly Clergy in Early Stuart England
The Caroline Puritan Movement, c.1620–1643

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History

  • Date Published: November 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521461702

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  • Religion, and Puritanism in particular, was a crucially important influence in seventeenth-century England. This book attempts to trace the way in which Puritan clergymen saw themselves and the world in which they lived. It discusses the changes they wanted to make to the Church of England in terms of services and in terms of how they wanted to replace bishops. By looking at such matters through the networks of friendship and alliances made by the ministers, a new picture emerges of the role played by Puritans in the decades leading up to the English Civil War.

    • Revises substantially all existing accounts of church government in the years preceding the English Civil War
    • Offers a new and stimulating assessment of Puritan religion, combining theory and practice, and using anthropology
    • Uses a wide range of new sources to bring new understanding to the role of religion before the Civil War
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...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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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521461702
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Society, Clerical Conference and the Church of England:
    1. Clerical education and the household seminary
    2. Profitable conferences and the settlement of godly ministers
    3. Fasting and prayer
    4. Clerical associations and the Church of England
    Part II. The Godly Ministry: Piety and Practice:
    5. The image of a godly minister
    6. Religiosity and sociability
    Part III. 'These Uncomfortable Times': Conformity and the Godly Ministers 1628–38:
    7. Thomas Hooker and the conformity debate
    8. Trajectories of response to Laudianism
    9. The ecclesiastical courts and the Essex visitation of 1631
    10. Juxon, Wren and the implementation of Laudianism
    11. The diocese of Peterborough: a see of conflict
    12. The metropolitical visitation of Essex and the strategies of evasion
    Part IV. 'These Dangerous Times': The Puritan Diaspora 1631–42
    13. John Dury and the godly ministers
    14. Choices of suffering and flight
    15. The 'non-separating Congregationalists' and Massachusetts
    16. Thomas Hooker and the Amesians
    17. Alternative ecclesiologists to 1642
    18. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Tom Webster, University of East Anglia

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