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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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Underground and Diverted

Underground and Diverted

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The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

Oxford University Press

During the earlier stages the Elizabethan Puritanism was a phenomenon both wider and more elusive than Presbyterianism. Later the Presbyterians stole the show, since they played the most conspicuous role in the puritan drama of the 1580s. That was the measure of their success. The result has been that, faced with the collapse of their campaign to re-mould the national Church, and historians found themselves asking what became of Puritanism in the aftermath. If that had been the end of the story there would be no problem. But Puritanism was to re-enlarge under James I as a powerful and increasingly formative influence in English life. After 1590 the attempt to carry through a further reformation of the Church was temporarily abandoned, the imprisoned ministers promised to give up their prescript and set meetings, and in so doing they morally bound the movement they represented.

Keywords:   Elizabethan Puritanism, Presbyterianism, national Church, James I, reformation, imprisoned ministers

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