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

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Religion, and Puritanism in particular, was a crucially important influence in seventeenth-century England. This book attempts to trace the way in which Puritan clergymen saw themselves and the world in which they lived. It goes on to discuss the changes they wanted to make to the Church of England in terms of services and in terms of how they wanted to replace bishops. By looking at such matters through the networks of friendship and alliances made by the ministers, a new picture emerges of the role played by Puritans in the decades leading up to the English Civil War.
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"...his conceptual framework expressed in the spirit....If significant books are those which rearrange our perception of some important matter of inquiry, then this is a significant book....Webster's title promises more than his book delivers....Webster's book is a useful, detailed account." Richard L.Greaves, Studies in Christianity and Culture

"...a new approach to the early Stuart Puritan movement." Theology Digest

"...this extremely detailed volume...will be a valued addition to any serious collection devoted to religious or Tudor-Stuart history." Sheldon Hanft, History

"...Webster's book is interesting and perceptive...." Robert J. Frankle, Journal of Church and State

"Tom Webster's Godly Clergy in Early Sturat England is an important regional study of Puritan preachers in early seventeenth-century England....a convincing study by an obviously gifted archivist and scholar of religious history." Melinda S. Zook, Journal of Modern History

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I Society, clerical conference and the Church of England 9
1 Clerical education and the household seminary 15
2 Profitable conferences and the settlement of godly ministers 36
3 Fasting and prayer 60
4 Clerical associations and the Church of England 75
Pt. II The godly ministry: piety and practice 93
5 The image of a godly minister 95
6 Religiosity and sociability 122
Pt. III 'These uncomfortable times': conformity and the godly ministers 1628-1638 149
7 Thomas Hooker and the conformity debate 151
8 Trajectories of response to Laudianism 167
9 The ecclesiastical courts and the Essex visitation of 1631 180
10 Juxon, Wren and the implementation of Laudianism 204
11 The diocese of Peterborough: a see of conflict 215
12 The metropolitical visitation of Essex and the strategies of evasion 235
Pt. IV 'These dangerous times': the Puritan diaspora 1631-1643 253
13 John Dury and the godly ministers 255
14 Choices of suffering and flight 268
15 The 'non-separating Congregationalists' and early Massachusetts 286
16 Thomas Hooker and the Amesians 299
17 Alternative ecclesiologies to 1643 310
18 Conclusion 333
Index 339
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