The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume I: The Post-Reformation Era, 1559-1689

ISBN : 9780198702238

John Coffey
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The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume I traces the emergence of Anglophone Protestant Dissent in the post-Reformation era between the Act of Uniformity (1559) and the Act of Toleration (1689). It reassesses the relationship between establishment and Dissent, emphasising that Presbyterians and Congregationalists were serious contenders in the struggle for religious hegemony. Under Elizabeth I and the early Stuarts, separatists were few in number, and Dissent was largely contained within the Church of England, as nonconformists sought to reform the national Church from within. During the English Revolution (1640-60), Puritan reformers seized control of the state but splintered into rival factions with competing programmes of ecclesiastical reform. Only after the Restoration, following the ejection of two thousand Puritan clergy from the Church, did most Puritans become Dissenters, often with great reluctance. Dissent was not the inevitable terminus of Puritanism, but the contingent and unintended consequence of the Puritan drive for further reformation. The story of Dissent is thus bound up with the contest for the established Church, not simply a heroic tale of persecuted minorities contending for religious toleration. Nevertheless, in the half century after 1640, religious pluralism became a fact of English life, as denominations formed and toleration was widely advocated. The volume explores how Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and Quakers began to forge distinct identities as the four major denominational traditions of English Dissent. It tracks the proliferation of Anglophone Protestant Dissent beyond England-in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Dutch Republic, New England, Pennsylvania, and the Caribbean. And it presents the latest research on the culture of Dissenting congregations, including their relations with the parish, their worship, preaching, gender relations, and lay experience.


1 Polly Ha: Presbyterianism in Elizabethan & Early Stuart England
2 Elliot Vernon: Presbyterians in the English Revolution
3 George Southcombe: Presbyterians in the Restoration
4 Tim Cooper: Congregationalists
5 Michael A. G. Haykin: Separatists and Baptists
6 Ariel Hessayon: Early Quakerism and its Origins
7 Cory Cotter: The Dutch Republic: English and Scottish Dissenters in Dutch Exile, 1575-1688
8 R. Scott Spurlock: Scotland
9 Crawford Gribben: Ireland
10 Lloyd Bowen: Wales, 1587-1689
11 Francis J. Bremer: Dissent in New England
12 Andrew R. Murphy and Adrian Chastain Weimer: Colonial Quakerism
13 W. J. Sheils: Dissent in the Parishes
14 Jacqueline Rose: Dissent and the State: Persecution and Toleration
15 Bernard Capp: The Empowerment of Dissent: The Puritan Revolution
16 N. H. Keeble: The Print Culture of Nonconformity: From Martin Marprelate to Reliquiae Baxterianae
17 John Coffey: The Bible and Theology
18 Susan Hardman Moore: Sacraments and Worship
19 David J. Appleby: Sermons and Preaching
20 Rachel Adock: Women and Gender
21 Michael Davies, Anne Dunan-Page, and Joel Halcomb: Being a Dissenter: Lay Experience in the Gathered Churches


John Coffey is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester. He has published widely on the history of Protestantism in Britain and America, and is the author of Persecution and Toleration in Protestant England, 1558-1689 (2000), and Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr. (2014). He co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (2008), and has worked with N.H. Keeble, Tom Charlton, and Tom Cooper on a scholarly edition of Richard Baxter's Reliquiae Baxterianae, 5 vols (Oxford, 2020).