Church and People in Interregnum Britain

Edited by Fiona McCall
15 June 2021
156 × 234 mm
300 pp
Paperback: 978-1-912702-65-7
Hardback: 978-1-912702-64-0
PDF: 978-1-912702-66-4

The English Civil War was followed by a period of unprecedented religious toleration and the spread of new religious ideas and practices. From the Baptists, to the “government of saints”, Britain experienced a period of so-called ‘Godly religious rule’ and a breakdown of religious uniformity that was perceived as a threat to social order by some and a welcome innovation to others.  

The period of Godly religious rule has been significantly neglected by historians- we know remarkably little about religious organisation or experience at a parochial level in the 1640s and 1650s. This volume addresses these issues by investigating important questions concerning the relationship between religion and society in the years between the first Civil War and the Restoration. 

Introduction: Professor Bernard Capp

Reformed Church Structures and Government

1.    Parish Reform during the English Revolution
Dr Alex Craven

2.    ‘What happened to parish registers between c.1646 and c.1666?’
Dr Andrew Foster and Dr Caroline Adams

3.    Gathered Churches and their Books: Rewriting the Theory and Practice of Church Government in the 1650s
Dr Mark Burden

4.    Scandalous Ayr: A Kirk Session in Scotland’s Interregnum
Dr Alfred Johnson

The Clergy of the Commonwealth

5.    The Ecclesiastical Patronage of Oliver Cromwell, c.1654-1658
Dr Rebecca Warren

6.    The clergy of Sussex: the impact of change c. 1635-1665
Helen M Whittle

7.    The Impact of the Landscape on the Clergy of Seventeenth-Century Dorset
Trixie Gadd

Traditionalist religion: persistence, resistance and division in the interregnum and beyond

8.    ‘Tubby preaching rogues’: transgressions against Godly religious rule in the English parish 1645-1660
Dr Fiona McCall

9.    Malignant Parties: Loyalist religion in South-West England, Dr Rosalind Johnson

10.  ‘“The Mountaines did serve for their Refuge”: 1650s Wales as a refuge for Anglican clergy’
Dr Sarah Ward

11. 'A crack'd Mirror': reflections of 'Godly Rule' in Warwickshire, 1660-1665
Dr Maureen Harris