This study of religious tensions in Early Modern England explores the different religious separatist movements between 1550-1660. It describes the development of radical sectarianism during the reign of Charles I and explores why the unity of radical cause was shattered following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
Part One: The Background:
The Radical Tradition.
Part Two Analysis:
1 The Blood of the Martyrs is the Seed of the Church: The Marian Persecution and the Growth of Separatism.
2. Religious Separatism in the Reign of Elizabeth I.
3. Religious Divisions in Jacobean England.
4. `The Two Smoaking Firebrands': Laud and the Growth of Religious Separatism.
5. The Disciplining of Dissent: Presbyterians, Congregationalists and Baptists 1640 - 1660.
6. `Happy Seeker, Happy Finder': The Seekers.
7. `All Manner of Filthiness': The Ranters.
8 `The Truth of Light Within': The Quaker Movement.
Part Three: Assessment
9. The Radical Legacy.
Part Four: Documents.
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