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

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

by Donald A. Spaeth
     
 

"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… See more details below

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"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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521023696
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

List of tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
2Clerical profiles30
3Arenas for conflict59
4The management of disputes83
5Pastoral care108
6Tithes and religious conflict133
7The nonconformist threat155
8Popular observance173
9Matters of life and death195
10Singing and religious revival225
11Conclusion254
Selected bibliography260
Index270

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