The Religious Impact of the Military Presence

Henry Reece

in The Army in Cromwellian England, 1649-1660

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780198200635
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746284 | DOI:
The Religious Impact of the Military Presence

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The army's roles of spreading the gospel and protecting the ‘well-affected’ repeatedly brought it into conflict with civilian authorities. This chapter describes the army's involvement in removing ‘disaffected’ ministers; the clerical patronage of senior officers, particularly garrison governors; the support that soldiers gave to ‘godly’ minorities; and the backing provided by some army officers to religious radicals such as Quakers. Three case studies — Hull, Poole, and Bristol — are used to show the complex interaction of religious and political issues at local level, and also to show the interconnectedness between London and the localities in escalating and then resolving these conflicts. The response of central government was pragmatic and non-doctrinaire — a long way from the practice of a military dictatorship.

Keywords: well-affected; godly; civilians; Quakers; Hull; Poole; Bristol; garrison governor; military dictatorship

Chapter.  13128 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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