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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 Beginnings of a Party

The Beginnings of a Party

(p.45) 3 The Beginnings of a Party
The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

Oxford University Press

The failure or reluctance of many of the most forward protestants to secure the higher ecclesiastical positions was an important factor in the formation of the puritan mentality, and specifically of the anti-prelatical, even presbyterian temper of the party. By the time the new bishops were obliged to conform to unpopular royal policies, other more radical protestants were choosing to forget the admirable motives with which they had incurred these responsibilities. As early as 1567 it was said that they had been moved by worldly motives and ‘against their conscience’. When the preachers settled down, it was often under private patronage, rather than in beneficed positions.

Keywords:   protestants, puritan mentality, bishops, private patronage, preachers, Queen Elizabeth

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