Living Age Volume 222

Living Age Volume 222

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...but far less eifectively than might have been expected. It is not a little remarkable that after the Restoration no attempt was made to renew the oflicial encouragcment of Sunday amusements, which had given such deep provocation under the first Stuarts. "James I. insisted on manly exercises on the Sunday, nmong other reasons, 'lest the youth should grow up unfit for warriors.' Charles I. reissued his father's Transferred to Eng-' 'Book of Sports, ' out of 'pious care for the service of God, ' etc. But Charles II. had hardly been three years upon the throne when a Bill passed both Houses of Parliament 'for the better observance of the Sabbath, ' and was mysteriously missing when it should have received the royal assent. Pepys tells us, on September 14th, 1662, that 'the Bishop of London had given a. very strict order against boats going on Sundays, ' and on September 20th, 1663, that a proclamation had been read against Sunday travelling. In 1690 Queen Mary 'forbade all hackney carriages and horses to work on Sundays, and had constables stationed at the corners of the streets to capture all puddings on their way to the bakers' ovens on Sundays, ' but this was outrunning public opinion, and an embryo riot caued the law to be im-mediately suspended." I think the influence of Puritanism on the nation is under-rated by those who represent the Restoration as a great national revulsion. It was this in the spheres of politics and society, but not in the sphere of religion. Presbyterlanism had suffered at the hands of the sectaries: the Restoration was its work; and there is little evidence to show that the nation was as weary of its theology as it certainly was...
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  • Paperback | 510 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 903g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236775031
  • 9781236775030