The Imperial Origins Of The King's Church In Early America, 1607-1783

The Imperial Origins Of The King's Church In Early America, 1607-1783

by James Bell
     
 
The origin of the movement to extend the King's church to the American colonies is anchored in the writings of Richard Hakluyt. In company with Walter Raleigh he prompted a new foreign policy for the consideration of Queen Elizabeth I, a policy that championed the creation of a Protestant empire as a foil for the expansionist activities of Catholic Spain and Portugal

Overview

The origin of the movement to extend the King's church to the American colonies is anchored in the writings of Richard Hakluyt. In company with Walter Raleigh he prompted a new foreign policy for the consideration of Queen Elizabeth I, a policy that championed the creation of a Protestant empire as a foil for the expansionist activities of Catholic Spain and Portugal in the Western Hemisphere. Hakluyt believed that a colonial church would serve as an instrument for maintaining and binding overseas settlers and settlements with English ways and government. The experience of the imperial King's church in Early America falls into four chronological periods, each with distinctive characteristics. The first period runs from the founding of James Town in Virginia until about 1675. The second era, from 1675 to about 1715 was its most vigorous and ambitious stage of development. Between 1715 and 1750 the third period witnessed consolidation and steady growth in the number of congregations and the increase of native-colonists who became ministers. Finally, the fourth era extended from about 1750 until the Revolutionary War and was marked by the unfolding political events and the movement towards the Declaration of Independence.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'It is evident that the book is the product of a great deal of research.' - Stephen Taylor, English Historical Review

'...the institutional overview and quantitative information make the book a useful addition to the literature on early American Religion.' - Travis Glasson, William and Mary Quarterly

'...an important resource, both in terms of its narrative and its immense bibliography, for the study of the Church of England in colonial North America.' - Edward L. Bond, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

'a welcome and worthy addition to the series...What sets this book apart...is a newly undertaken mining and marshaling of archival material both in the United Kingdom and the United States.' - Church History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230556591
Publisher:
Palgrave-UK-USA
Publication date:
02/17/2004
Series:
Studies in Modern History
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

James B. Bell is at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, Oxford.

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