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Gangraena and the Struggle for the English Revolution

Ann Hughes


This book is a study of Thomas Edwards’s Gangraena, an intemperate, comprehensive attack on religious radicalism and religious toleration, published in three parts in 1646. It explores the place of Gangraena within traditions of writing about heresy, and outlines the ways in which Edwards persistently smeared respectable Independents by associating them with more radical sectaries. Analysis of Edwards’s place within London Presbyterianism reveals the networks that enabled him to compile his book, and the accuracy of his accounts of religious divisions in London and beyond is assessed. The book ... More

Keywords: religious radicalism, Thomas Edwards, independents, presbyterians, presbyterianism, Gangraena, print culture, English Revolution, Parliament, church government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251926
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Hughes, author
Professor of Early Modern History, University of Keele.
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