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.
`... 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