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Title: An examination of published works in support of comprehension of puritans in the Church of England between 1656 and 1689
Author: Wainwright, Philip
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis examines the published works in support of comprehension of puritans in the Church of England between the Protectorate and the Toleration Act of 1689. Special attention is paid to works related directly to specific proposals being discussed by Parliament or the court, or making specific proposals of their own, as opposed to works giving general support to the idea of comprehension. This examination shows that comprehension was not just about agreement on liturgy and ceremonies, but that reform of the episcopate was an important issue for large parts of the period under review; that support for comprehension among conformists was wider than is usually assumed; that John Humfrey was the most prolific and perhaps the most influential of press campaigners and the source of some hitherto unattributed published works; and finally that the printed dehate suggests that there was more support for comprehension among conformists than among nonconformists, whose interest in being comprehended steadily declined during the period studied. The thesis first describes briefly the trend towards a more comprehensive church already under way at the time of the restoration of the episcopate, and the very limited comprehension achieved between 1660 and 1662, then proceeds to examine in that context the publications and press campaigns in support of greater comprehension and the various attempts made by the court or by Parliament to modify the Act of Uniformity over the next twenty five years. A bibliography of works by Humfrey is included as an appendix.
Supervisor: Fincham, Kenneth Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: D History General and Old World