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The Elizabethan Puritan Movement$
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Patrick Collinson

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198222989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222989.001.0001

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The Bill and Book

The Bill and Book

(p.303) 2 The Bill and Book
The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

Oxford University Press

In late October 1586 the opportunity was provided of a new Parliament. The puritans forgot their earlier disappointments and mounted yet another elaborate campaign. A Presbyterian bill, more radical even than that of 1584, was presented to the House of Commons and with it a revised edition of the Geneva prayer book. What this Parliament was not permitted to see was the secrets of the Book of Discipline itself. From the conference of ministers gathered in London to take advantage of Parliament, and even before the Presbyterian bill was brought on to the floor of the House, copies of the Discipline went out to the country, with a form of approbation and instructions for putting it into ultimate practice. The most magnificent of parliamentary failures was to be succeeded at once by the launching of the grand design of a practical Presbyterian movement.

Keywords:   1586, new Parliament, puritans, Presbyterian bill, House of Commons, Geneva prayer book, Book of Discipline, Presbyterian movement

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