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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Godly Divided; Chapter 2 Disaffection; Chapter 3 Bringing Back the King; Chapter 4 Bartholomew Day; Chapter 5 Change and Decay; Chapter 6 A Godly Elite; Chapter 7 In Communion; Chapter 8 Gospel Preaching; Chapter 9 Conventicles and Meeting Houses; Chapter 10 Keeping a Chaplain; Chapter 11 The Godly Household; Chapter 12 Education in an Ungodly World; Chapter 13 Getting and Spending; Chapter 14 Parliament and the Nonconformist Interest; Chapter 15 Fin de Siecle;
`... it is a mine of useful and startling information. This book is about perseverance in a lost Cause. Whether or not it is stil appropriate to call that cause 'puritanism', it all makes for some splendid and elegiac story-telling.' John Morrill Shorter Notices
`...helps to fill a real gap in our understanding of the English Church. - Church Times