Preaching, audience and authority

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:
Preaching, audience and authority

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This chapter considers the farewell sermons as physical performances, whose prevalence and intensity demonstrate that religion remained a prominent feature in the Restoration landscape, analysing how these self-conscious performances were planned and orchestrated, and what the texts reveal about the relationships between the Bartholomean preachers and their various audiences. It discusses Michael Braddick and John Walter's thoughts about the term negotiation of power, and suggests that parliamentary legislation and political action at both local and national level impinged on the minds and actions of the nonconformist ministers, and helped shape the character of the farewell sermons.

Keywords: farewell sermons; physical performances; religion; Restoration; Bartholomean preachers; Michael Braddick; John Walter; parliamentary legislation; political action; nonconformist ministers

Chapter.  16528 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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