Persecution and Toleration in Protestant England 1558-1689 / Edition 1

Persecution and Toleration in Protestant England 1558-1689 / Edition 1

by John Coffey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582304644

ISBN-13: 9780582304642

Pub. Date: 10/19/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This fascinating work is the first overview of its subject to be published in over half a century. The issues it deals with are key to early modern political, religious and cultural history.

The seventeenth century is traditionally regarded as a period of expanding and extended liberalism, when superstition and received truth were overthrown. The book questions

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Overview

This fascinating work is the first overview of its subject to be published in over half a century. The issues it deals with are key to early modern political, religious and cultural history.

The seventeenth century is traditionally regarded as a period of expanding and extended liberalism, when superstition and received truth were overthrown. The book questions how far England moved towards becoming a liberal society at that time and whether or not the end of the century crowned a period of progress, or if one set of intolerant orthodoxies had simply been replaced by another.

The book examines what toleration means now and meant then, explaining why some early modern thinkers supported persecution and how a growing number came to advocate toleration. Introduced with a survey of concepts and theory, the book then studies the practice of toleration at the time of Elizabeth I and the Stuarts, the Puritan Revolution and the Restoration. The seventeenth century emerges as a turning point after which, for the first time, a good Christian society also had to be a tolerant one.

Persecution and Toleration is a critical addition to the study of early modern Britain and to religious and political history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582304642
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/19/2000
Series:
Studies In Modern History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables.

Preface.

1. Introduction.

2. The Protestant Theory of Persecution.

3. The Protestant Theory of Toleration.

4. Elizabeth I and Protestant Uniformity, 1558-1603.

5. The Early Stuarts, 1603-40.

6. The Puritan Revolution, 1640-60.

7. The Restoration, 1660-88.

8. 1689 and the Rise of Toleration.

Glossary.

Select Bibliography.

Index.

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