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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 Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

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London was an open city for puritan extremists. Agent's provocateurs haunted the booksellers' stalls in St Paul's churchyard, engaging the clergy who came to buy books in conversation, and pretending sympathy for the cause. In March 1589 the High Commissioners directed an injunction to every parish in the diocese of London, forbidding the entertainment of irregular preachers. This was to be read publicly in church and a copy entered in the churchwardens' book of accounts, extending an earlier order which had banned certain preachers by name from all pulpits in the city: among them Thomas Barber, George Gifford, and Thomas Carrew and many more. At Cambridge, the Commissioners ejected two puritans from the University for preaching objectionable sermons, after Cuthbert Bainbrigg and Francis Johnson, had offered a notable resistance to the procedure of the court in tendering the oath ex officio mero.

Keywords:   puritan extremists, Agent's provocateurs, March 1589, High Commissioners, book of accounts, Cambridge, sermons

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