OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780195334555

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,628
Author: 
Francis J. Bremer
Pages
136 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
112 x 173 mm
Pub date
Sep 2009
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • This introduction provides an insight to the religious and political world of Puritans in England and America.
  • Looks at the rise of Puritanism during the English Reformation, how they fared during various regimes, particularly after the Civil War and during the rule of puritan Oliver Cromwell.
  • This book traces the shaping, triumph, and decline of the Puritan world, while also examining the role of religion in the shaping of American society and the role of the Puritan legacy in American history.

  
Written by a leading expert on the Puritans, this brief, informative volume offers a wealth of background on this key religious movement. This book traces the shaping, triumph, and decline of the Puritan world, while also examining the role of religion in the shaping of American society and the role of the Puritan legacy in American history. Francis J. Bremer discusses the rise of Puritanism in the English Reformation, the struggle of the reformers to purge what they viewed as the corruptions of Roman Catholicism from the Elizabethan church, and the struggle with the Stuart monarchs that led to a brief Puritan triumph under Oliver Cromwell. It also examines the effort of Puritans who left England to establish a godly kingdom in America. Bremer examines puritan theology, views on family and community, their beliefs about the proper relationship between religion and public life, the limits of toleration, the balance between individual rights and one's obligation to others, and the extent to which public character should be shaped by private religious belief.

Index: 

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Introduction
1. Reforming the English Reformation
2. Puritan experiments
3. The puritan and his God
4. Living the puritan life
5. The puritan and his neighbors
6. Puritans and the larger society
7. The puritan legacy
References
Index

About the author: 

Francis J. Bremer is Professor of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. A leading authority on Puritanism, he is the author of the award-winning biography John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father.

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