The revolution of 1688 has traditionally been seen as a constitutional turning-point. Was it also a watershed in the religious history of England? Some historians have recently argued that the religious freedoms achieved under the Toleration Act of 1689 had been anticipated earlier, during the Interregnum and under Charles II and James II. This book sets out to examine the position of religious minorities in England at the end of the 17th century and to place the development of religious toleration in its wider historical context. The scholars who contribute to this volume explore a variety of themes, including the nature of religious dissent, the idea of freedom of conscience, and attitudes towards the Huguenot community. They examine not only Protestant dissent, but also Catholicism, Judaism, and Deism. This book aims to re-establish the importance of religion in the historical assessment of the Glorious Revolution and its consequences. The work is aimed at scholars and students of early modern British history, historians of the 1688 Revolution, and constitutional and religious historians.
`the fifteen contributors to From Persecution to Toleration successfully reemphasize the importance of the Glorious Revolution as a religious watershed'
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
`Some essays take very broad themes and offer elegant and neatly illustrated commentaries on the familiar ... it the collection] does offer a variety of distinctive comfits for those with a sweet tooth.'
John Morrill, The Higher
Anne Whiteman, Huguenot Society Proceedings
`The reader ... benefits from the wider European perspective adopted by the editors, especially the investigation of the Anglo-Dutch dimension. The centrepiece of the volume is Jonathan Israel's superb essay on William III and toleration.'
Colin Kidd, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
'an interesting collection of essays'
Jeremy Gregory, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Parliamentary History, Vol. 12 (1993)
Introduction; The rise of Puritanism and the legalizing of dissent 1571-1719; The cohabitation of the faithful with the unfaithful; The French and Walloon communities in London 1550-1688; From persecution to integration: the decline of the Anglo-Dutch communities in England 1642-1702; William III and toleration; The claim to freedom of conscience: freedom of speech, freedom of thought; freedom of worship?; The Deist challenge; The Jews of England and 1688;
Disorder and innovation: the reshaping of the French churches of London after the glorious revolution; The reception of the Huguenots in England and the Dutch Republic 1680-1690; The twilight of Puritanism in the years before and after 1688; The theory of religious intolerance in restoration England;
English Catholics after 1688; Toleration and religion after 1688; Appendices; Index