‘Civill warres amongst the Clergy’, 1632–1640

Anthony Milton

in Laudian and Royalist Polemic in Seventeenth-century England

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780719064449
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700815 | DOI:
‘Civill warres amongst the Clergy’, 1632–1640

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This chapter explores the role of Peter Heylyn in the religious ‘civil wars’ in England during the 1630s. Heylyn was one of the most prominent soldiers in these civil wars and, being a commissioned officer, was found wherever the battle was hottest. During this time, his readiness to defend the Laudian reforms and to portray their opponents as dangerous extremists provoked hostile comments and criticisms. The chapter discusses Heylyn's work as public polemical writer and government pamphleteer.

Keywords: Peter Heylyn; religious civil wars; Laudian reforms; polemical writer; government pamphleteer

Chapter.  18799 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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