The Puritans in Power; A Study in the History of the English Church from 1640 to 1660

The Puritans in Power; A Study in the History of the English Church from 1640 to 1660

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...Akehurst, tutor of Trinity, who is described by one of the more distinguished of his pupils as a "flourishing instrument" and "a gracious savoury Christian," was solicitous of the company kept by those under his charge, would "sometimes read lectures" io them and had prayers "in his chamber every night3," a practice which seems to have been general4, and several writers have testified to the measure 1 Trinity Seniors' Conclusion Book. 2 Ibid. 3 J. Hunter: Life of Oliver Heywood, p. 45. 4 In the St John's Plate Book is an order that all B. A.'s and undergraduates "shall duly and constantly attend their Tutor's prayers at eight of the clock every night." Printed by Mr R. F. Scott in "Notes from the College Records." The Emmanuel "Admonition Book" contains a record of the of success which attended the system. Neal, indeed, 4 says that "vice and profaneness was banished, insomuch that an oath was not to be heard within the walls of the university1," and Thomas Baker, who was by no means prejudiced in the Puritan's favour, admits that the government of St John's under Arrowsmith and Tuckney was "so good and the strict and regular, that learning then flourished, and it was under them that some of those great men had their education that were afterwards the ornaments of the following age4." At the same time, it would be a mistake to suppose that the Puritans introduced an Utopian age in morals and religion or that all the undergraduates of the time were like Oliver Heywood. The authorities in the period which immediately preceded the Civil War, if their methods were different, were as bent on "reformation" as the Puritans themselves, and...
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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236542185
  • 9781236542182