Puritan Gentry Besieged 1650-1700

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Taylor & Francis, 1993 - History - 295 pages
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The latter half of the seventeenth century saw the Puritan families of England struggle to preserve the old values in an era of tremendous political and religious upheaval. Even non-conformist ministers were inclined to be pessimistic about the endurance of `godliness' - Puritan attitudes and practices - among the upper classes. Based on a study of family papers and other primary resources, Trevor Cliffe's study reveals that in many cases, Puritan county families were playing a double game: outwardly in communion with the Church, they often employed non-conformist chaplains, and attended nonconformist meetings.

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Cliffe is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Institute of Historical Research at London University.

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