Turbulent, Seditious and Factious People

Turbulent, Seditious and Factious People : John Bunyan and His Church, 1628-88

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This biography views Bunyan's works in the context of the social, political and religious context of the times, concentrating on his humble origins, the revolution of the 1640s and his experience in the Parliamentary army and the trouble of censorship and persecution. Christopher Hill won the W.H.Smith Literary Award and became interested in Bunyan after giving a lecture on him in 1978, as part of Bedford's celebration of the tercentenary of the publication of "The Pilgrim's Progress". Hill is a respected historian, having written over 20 books on the 17th Century.
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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 28mm | 458.13g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • abbreviations, appendix, index
  • 0192826913
  • 9780192826916

Table of contents

Part 1 Bunyan's England 1628-1688: the English Revolution; the rich, the poor and the middling sort; popular literature. Part 2 From Elstow to Newport Pagnell and back: the Bunyans; in the army. Part 3 "Grace Abounding" and the 1650s: "Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners"; ranters and quakers; early writings; Bunyan and the Bedford congregation. Part 4 Holding on: preaching and imprisonment; adapting to the Restoration; the tinker and the latitudinarians; the Church after the Restoration. Part 5 Bunyan's theology: some influences; covenant theology; social uses of hell-fire; antinomianism. Part 6 Bunyan's major creative period 1678-1686: "The Pilgrim's Progress"; "The life and death of Mr. Badman; "The Holy War"; music, singing and poetry; self-denial and humility. Part 7 Last years, dangerous years: Bunyan's printers; the palace beautiful; kings and antichrist - seeming delays; posthumous writings - "Who bid the boar come here?". Part 8 Life after death - 1688 onwards: Bunyan and dissent; Bunyan and popular culture; Bunyan and the world.
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