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Godly clergy in early Stuart England : the Caroline Puritan movement, c. 1620-1643 / Tom Webster.

Webster, Tom. (Author).
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Subject: Church of England > Clergy > History > 17th century.
Church of England.
Puritans > England > Clergy > History > 17th century.
England > Church history > 17th century.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 0511005210
  • ISBN: 9780511005213
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xv, 350 pages).
  • Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; Cambridge University Press, 1997.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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.
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