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Thomas FullerDiscovering England's Religious Past$
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W. B. Patterson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198793700

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198793700.001.0001

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Reputation and Significance

(p.334) Conclusion
Thomas Fuller

W. B. Patterson

Oxford University Press

Fuller’s books about England’s religious past helped to stimulate an outpouring of historical writing. Peter Heylyn wrote about some of the same subjects as Fuller, and so did Gilbert Burnet, Edward Stillingfleet, John Strype, and Jeremy Collier. Burnet, who looked for models for his history of the English Reformation, was sarcastic about Fuller, partly because of the latter’s “odd way of writing.” Fuller’s work was not highly regarded in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In the nineteenth century Charles Lamb, Robert Southey, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge deeply admired him for his insights and praised him for his writing. Several nineteenth-century historians defended his work. His reputation has remained uncertain, despite fresh assessments in recent years. Coleridge was remarkably apt in his viewpoint. Fuller saw the broader significance of the events he described and was one of the most sensible scholars and writers of his time.

Keywords:   Peter Heylyn, Gilbert Burnet, Edward Stillingfleet, John Strype, Jeremy Collier, Charles Lamb, Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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