The context of Restoration nonconformity

David J. Appleby

in Black Bartholomew's Day

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780719075612
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701744 | DOI:
The context of Restoration nonconformity

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This chapter analyses the societal and religious identities of the Bartholomean clergy and explores their relationships within local communities, together with their fears and aspirations for a laity bereft of godly preaching, discussing the ministers' backgrounds and describing who and what they had come to represent by 1662. It argues that the nonconformists certainly possessed a sense of solidarity, which in the farewell sermons manifested itself in a hardening of religious resolve and a shared anticipation of persecution, but it did not inspire the formulation of a party agenda.

Keywords: Bartholomean clergy; societal identities; religious identities; laity; nonconformists; farewell sermons

Chapter.  16598 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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