The 17th century was a dynamic period characterized by huge political and social changes, including the Civil War, the execution of Charles I, the Commonwealth and the Restoration. The Britain of 1714 was recognizably more modern than it was in 1603. At the heart of these changes was religion and the search for an acceptable religious settlement, which stimulated the Pilgrim Fathers to leave to settle America, the Popish plot and the Glorious Revolution in which James II was kicked off the throne.
This book looks at both the private aspects of human beliefs and practices and also institutional religion, investigating the growing competition between rival versions of Christianity and the growing expectation that individuals should be allowed to worship as they saw fit.
Introduction: The Post-Reformation 1. England, Ireland and Scotland in 1603 Part 1: Religion and Politics 2. James I (1603-25) 3. Charles I (1625-38) 4. Civil War and Revolution (1638-49) 5. The Commonwealth and Protectorate (1649-60) 6. Charles II (1660-85) 7. James II, Revolution and Toleration (1685-9) 8. William III and Anne (1689-1714) Part 2: Religion and Society 9. The Evidence of Religion 10. Church and Community 11. Church-Going 12. Religion Outside the Church Conclusion: Post-Reformation Britain Bibliography