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The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson


This is a study of an important yet relatively unexplored force in English history. The Elizabethan puritan movement arose out of discontent with the religious settlement of 1559 and the desire among many of the clergy and laity for a ‘further reformation’. The more radical wished to change the structure of the Church, substituting a presbyterian order for episcopacy. They became, in fact, a revolutionary movement, whose clandestine organization and agitation through parliament constituted a serious threat to the state.

Keywords: English history, Elizabethan puritan movement, religious settlement, clergy, laity, presbyterian, episcopacy, parliament

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198222989
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Collinson, author
University of Cambridge

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