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Richard Cust and Peter Lake

5 Puritans and ecclesiastical government PRELATE AS PASTOR OR PURITAN AS STOOGE? T he tenor of ecclesiastical government in Cheshire down to the 1630s had much in common with that outlined in Part I for secular affairs. The diocese was presided over by a series of evangelical Calvinist bishops, anxious to defuse the puritan issue by coming to a series of accommodations with puritan nonconformity. This was a line prompted, and later justified, by the prevalence of popery in the diocese and the relative scarcity of Protestant preaching ministers. Deals done

in Gentry culture and the politics of religion
Indira Ghose

Aristotle. Laughter was dynamite – it would have blown away the entire edifice of the Church. The Puritans, true heirs of mad monk Jorge, gave a further twist to the screw and did everything in their power to proscribe laughter. Alas, the book that would have changed the world was destroyed, and it would take centuries until the Enlightenment finally freed humanity – for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of

in Shakespeare and laughter
William J. Bulman

It is well known that anti-popery and anti-puritanism were central to the political culture of post-Reformation England and the early British empire. 1 We also know that from the later eighteenth century onwards, orientalism played a crucial role in debates about the British presence in South Asia and (later) the Middle East. 2 To an extent the via media of English Protestantism and the construction of the Orient serve, respectively, as ideological identifiers of the so-called first and second empires, or landmarks in the shift from West to East in British

in Making the British empire, 1660–1800
Elliot Vernon

In May 1639 the godly minister Edmund Calamy arrived in London having resigned his living of the Essex parish of Rochford, a parish he had served at the personal invitation of the Earl of Warwick, a patron and friend. Calamy’s move to London had been brought about by the election of the parishioners of St Mary, Aldermanbury, a wealthy parish located in the centre of the city of London. 1 The Aldermanbury living was owned by the parish itself and had been rendered vacant by the death of its puritan minister Dr John

in London presbyterians and the British revolutions, 1638–64
Robert O. Yates

Thomas Middleton's The Puritan Widow (1607), 1 as scholars have noted, invites readings of its satirical elements as well as its confusing, even ‘flawed’, dramatic form. 2 The readings of satire illuminate the play's treatment of religious and political debates. Donna Hamilton, for instance, says the play's satire is ‘unrelenting and comprehensive’, before claiming that the ‘main targets [of the satire] are Puritans and Catholics

in People and piety
Tailoring the presentation of theological content
Amy G. Tan

By the 1630s, some of Bernard’s closest allies in the church hierarchy had died, including Arthur Lake (1626) and Tobie Matthew (1628). In their place, individuals less favourable toward puritan theological and pastoral leanings were gaining influence. William Piers’s 1632 translation to Bath and Wells, Laud’s 1633 appointment as Archbishop of

in The pastor in print
Paulina Kewes

Chapter 3 . The Puritan, the Jesuit and the Jacobean succession Paulina Kewes I n recent years, a new consensus has begun to emerge among leading early modern historians about Puritan attitudes towards the succession after the execution of Mary Queen of Scots in February 1587. Fundamental to this consensus is the claim that as soon as the Catholic Mary died on the block, godly Englishmen who hankered after further reform of the Church embraced her Protestant son James VI of Scotland as their preferred candidate for the throne. Nicholas Tyacke, for example

in Doubtful and dangerous
The case of Thomas Bakewell
Elliot Vernon

obscurity, providing an optic through which many of the questions raised by historians of the mid-seventeenth-century crisis can be viewed with fresh eyes. A study of Bakewell’s milieu addresses questions about the penetration of puritan doctrine among the laity, the mobilisation for Presbyterianism in the London parishes, as well as the nature of civil war polemic and the deployment of print. A key value in

in Insolent proceedings
The Testimony of Late Seventeenth-Century Library Auction Catalogues
Lawrence Rabone

In this article on book circulation, I survey twelve English library auction catalogues from the period 1676–97, in order to show how interest in the writings of the Amsterdam rabbi Menasseh ben Israel (1604–57) continued after his death. I do this by identifying the circulation of his works in Puritan personal libraries. I focus particularly on the library auction catalogues of leading Puritans, notably Lazarus Seaman, Thomas Manton, Stephen Charnock and John Owen. I also show that of all Menasseh’s books, De resurrectione mortuorum libri III was the one most frequently owned by Puritan divines. This article demonstrates how books helped to catalyse the boundary-crossing nature of the Jewish–Christian encounter in seventeenth-century England.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
The politics of Lent in early modern England
Chris R. Kyle

Connecting centre and locality Chapter 2 ‘A dog, a butcher, and a puritan’: the politics of Lent in early modern England1 Chris R. Kyle I n 1538, in the midst of the reformation in England, Henry VIII, now Supreme Head of the Church, decided to intervene in the ecclesiastical calendar and provide new Lenten regulations. His intervention which relaxed some of the more stringent dietary prohibitions was not hastened by any religious change of heart but born out of a socio-economic problem­ – ­the skyrocketing price of fish during Lent and the consequent

in Connecting centre and locality