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Godly Clergy in Early Stuart England : The Caroline Puritan Movement, c.1620-1643 - Tom Webster

Godly Clergy in Early Stuart England

The Caroline Puritan Movement, c.1620-1643

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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.

' ... 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

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Society, Clerical Conference and the Church of England
Clerical education and the household seminary
Profitable conferences and the settlement of godly ministers
Fasting and prayer
Clerical associations and the Church of England
The Godly Ministry: Piety and Practice
The image of a godly minister
Religiosity and sociability
'These Uncomfortable Times': Conformity and the Godly Ministers 1628-38
Thomas Hooker and the conformity debate
Trajectories of response to Laudianism
The ecclesiastical courts and the Essex visitation of 1631
Juxon, Wren and the implementation of Laudianism
The diocese of Peterborough: a see of conflict
The metropolitical visitation of Essex and the strategies of evasion
'These Dangerous Times': The Puritan Diaspora 1631-42
John Dury and the godly ministers
Choices of suffering and flight
The 'non-separating Congregationalists' and Massachusetts
Thomas Hooker and the Amesians
Alternative ecclesiologists to 1642
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521461702
ISBN-10: 0521461707
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 13th November 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.71