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Puritan Gentry Besieged 1650-1700

Puritan Gentry Besieged 1650-1700 by Trevor Cliffe
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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.
Taylor and Francis; September 2002
312 pages; ISBN 9781134918157
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Title: Puritan Gentry Besieged 1650-1700
Author: Trevor Cliffe