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The Web of EmpireEnglish Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660$
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Alison Games

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335545.001.0001

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The Cosmopolitan Clergy, 1620–1660

The Cosmopolitan Clergy, 1620–1660

(p.219) 7 THE COSMOPOLITAN CLERGY, 1620–1660
The Web of Empire

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Religious and political instability spawned a population that was central to English overseas ventures: the clergy. This chapter focuses on these wandering clerics. Working as chaplains on ships and in trading posts and in colonies in the Atlantic, English ministers of all religious dispositions found their time overseas a respite and occasionally an opportunity for religious experimentation that in turn shaped the religious settlement in England during these tumultuous years. The war years were a time of realignment in England, not only in terms of politics and religion, but also in the state's desire and ability to intrude in overseas ventures. By the 1650s, England devised a vigorous policy concerned not only with the commercial regulation of English ventures but also with the physical regulation of the English bodies who made these enterprises possible.

Keywords:   Protestant missions, church, religious settlement, English ministers

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