ISBN-10:
0271025956
ISBN-13:
9780271025957
Pub. Date:
04/15/1994
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
The Profane, the Civil, and the Godly: The Reformation of Manners in Orthodox New England, 1679-1749

The Profane, the Civil, and the Godly: The Reformation of Manners in Orthodox New England, 1679-1749

by Richard P. GildrieRichard P. Gildrie

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Overview

In this prize-winning study of the sacred and profane in Puritan New England, Richard P. Gildrie seeks to understand not only the fears, aspirations, and moral theories of Puritan reformers but also the customs and attitudes they sought to transform. Topics include tavern mores, family order, witchcraft, criminality, and popular religion. Gildrie demonstrates that Puritanism succeeded in shaping regional society and culture for generations not because New Englanders knew no alternatives but because it offered a compelling vision of human dignity capable of incorporating and adapting crucial elements of popular mores and aspirations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271025957
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 04/15/1994
Series: Kenneth Scott Latourette Prize in Religion and Modern Literature
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)

About the Author

Richard P. Gildrie is Professor of History at Austin Peay State University and author of Salem, Massachusetts, 1626–1683: A Covenant Community (1975).

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