<i>Protestant Liberty: Daniel Neal and</i> The History of the Puritans

John Seed

in Dissenting Histories

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748621514
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651306 | DOI:
Protestant Liberty: Daniel Neal and The History of the Puritans

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This chapter focuses on Daniel Neal's The History of the Puritans, first published in four large volumes in the 1730s and the most influential Dissenting history of the eighteenth century. The History was a polished and coherent chronological narrative. Conforming to the protocols of historical writing, which enjoined a tone of dignified impartiality and an avoidance of unseemly polemic and dry scholarship, it aspired to the status of polite literature. The History was also, inevitably, a politically contentious history, both in terms of the implications of its historical interpretations and because of the political contests of the 1730s that shaped its writing and its reception.

Keywords: Dissenting history; Daniel Neal; Puritans; historical writing; 1730s

Chapter.  13532 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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