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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 End of a Movement

The End of a Movement

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The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

Oxford University Press

As Elizabeth's reign at last approached its conclusion, Josias Nichols described how the godly ministers, finding the mighty winds and strong stream against them, had reserved themselves to a better time, when it should please his gracious wisdom to make his own truth to appear, and to move the minds of our superiors to be more favourable. Although it was dangerous to say so in as many words, even in 1602, the better time could scarcely be looked for so long as the old queen survived. The magistrate for whom the puritans had tarried so long was the king of Scots. And as Dr. Mark Curtis suggests, there may have been more substance in these hopes and less of either naivety or guile in James's promises than most historians have been prepared to allow.

Keywords:   Elizabeth's reign, godly ministers, king of Scots, puritans, Church of England, diocese

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