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Author Patterson, William B. (William Benton), author

Title Thomas Fuller : discovering England's religious past / W.P. Patterson
Edition First edition
Published Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018
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Summary "Long considered a highly distinctive English writer, Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) has not been treated as the significant historian he was. Fuller's The Church-History of Britain (1655) was the first comprehensive history of Christianity from antiquity to the upheavals of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations and the tumultuous events of the English civil wars. His numerous publications outside the genre of history--sermons, meditations, pamphlets on current thought and events--reflected and helped to shape public opinion during the revolutionary era in which he lived. Thomas Fuller: Discovering England's Religious Past highlights the fact that Fuller was a major contributor to the flowering of historical writing in early modern England. W.B. Patterson provides both a biography of Thomas Fuller's life and career in the midst of the most wrenching changes his country had ever experienced and a critical account of the origins, growth, and achievements of a new kind of history in England, a process to which he made a significant and original contribution. The volume begins with a substantial introduction dealing with memory, uses of the past, and the new history of England in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Fuller was moved by the changes in Church and state that came during the civil wars that led to the trial and execution of King Charles I and to the Interregnum that followed. He sought to revive the memory of the English past, recalling the successes and failures of both distant and recent events. The book illuminates Fuller's focus on history as a means of understanding the present as well as the past, and on religion and its important place in English culture and society."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed February 14, 2018)
Subject Fuller, Thomas, 1608-1661 -- Knowledge and learning
Fuller, Thomas, 1608-1661. Church-history of Britain
Fuller, Thomas, 1608-1661.
Church historians -- England -- History -- 17th century
Church historians.
Learning and scholarship.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Anglican.
Great Britain -- Church history -- Historiography
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Church history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 019183551X
0192512404 (electronic bk.)
9780192512406 (electronic bk.)