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Author Webster, Tom

Title Godly clergy in early Stuart England : the Caroline Puritan movement, c. 1620-1643 / Tom Webster
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997


Description 1 online resource (xv, 350 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in early modern British history
Cambridge studies in early modern British history
Contents pt. 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 -- pt. II. The godly ministry: piety and practice. 5. The image of a godly minister. 6. Religiosity and sociability -- pt. III. 'These uncomfortable times': conformity and the godly ministers 1628-1638. 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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Church of England -- Clergy -- History -- 17th century
SUBJECT Church of England. cct
Church of England. fast (OCoLC)fst00532932
Subject Puritans -- England -- Clergy -- History -- 17th century
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Presbyterian.
Puritans -- England -- Clergy -- History -- 17th century.
Puritans -- Clergy.
SUBJECT England -- Church history -- 17th century.
Subject England -- Church history -- 17th century.
Genre/Form Church history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511005210