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The Church in an Age of Danger: Parsons and Parishioners, 1660-1740 / Edition 1

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Overview

"This book explores popular support for the Church of England during a critical period, from the Stuart Restoration to the mid eighteenth century, when Churchmen perceived themselves to be under attack from all sides." "In many provincial parishes, the clergy also found themselves in dispute with their congregations. These incidents of dispute are the focus of a series of detailed case studies, drawn from the diocese of Salisbury, which help to bring the religion of the ordinary people to life, while placing local tensions in their broader national context. The period 1660-1740 provides important clues to the long-term decline in the popularity of the Church. Paradoxically, conflicts revealed not anticlericalism but a widely shared social consensus supporting the Anglican liturgy and clergy: the early eighteenth century witnessed a revival. Nevertheless, a defensive clergy turned inwards and proved too inflexible to respond to lay wishes for fuller participation in worship."--BOOK JACKET.
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"...a book to enjoy arguing with: the revisionists must now raise their game." American Historical Review

"a meticulous piece of scholarship...[a] stimulating and important study.' HISTORY: Reviews of New Books

"This ground-breaking monograph deserves a wide readership." The Catholic Historical Review

"Important books grapple with difficult issues and raise serious questions, and The Church in an Age of Danger is an important book that will be required reading for serious students of early modern British religious history years from now. Of how many works can that be said?" Anglican and Episcopal History

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Table of Contents

List of tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Clerical profiles 30
3 Arenas for conflict 59
4 The management of disputes 83
5 Pastoral care 108
6 Tithes and religious conflict 133
7 The nonconformist threat 155
8 Popular observance 173
9 Matters of life and death 195
10 Singing and religious revival 225
11 Conclusion 254
Selected bibliography 260
Index 270
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