Originally published in 1988, and the companion book to The Puritan Gentry, covering the period of the Civil War, the English republic and the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, this book gives an account of how the godly interest of the Puritans dissolved into faction and impotence. The fissures among the Puritan gentry stemmed, as the book shows, from a conflict between their zeal in religion and the conservative instincts which owed much to their wealth and status.
Table of Contents
1. Reformation Deferred 2. Drifting Into War 3. An Unnatural War 4. A Nation Divided 5. For Liberty and Religion 6. Degrees of Loyalty 7. The Price of War 8. Presbyterianism and Independency 9. A Godly Church 10. A Lame Presbyterianism 11. Religion in the Provinces 12. The Growth of Faction 13. Revolution 14. The Twilight of Godliness
J. T. Cliffe is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.