Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. John Spurr
      Pages 1-13
  3. Puritans and Puritanism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. John Spurr
      Pages 17-27
    3. John Spurr
      Pages 28-45
  4. The Rise and Fall of The Puritans

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. John Spurr
      Pages 49-58
    3. John Spurr
      Pages 59-78
    4. John Spurr
      Pages 94-113
    5. John Spurr
      Pages 114-130
  5. The Puritan Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-152
    2. John Spurr
      Pages 153-170
    3. John Spurr
      Pages 171-186
    4. John Spurr
      Pages 187-201
    5. John Spurr
      Pages 202-203
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 204-245

About this book


The Puritans of seventeenth century England have been blamed for everything from the English civil war to the rise of capitalism. But who were the Puritans of Stuart England? Were they apostles of liberty, who fled from persecution to the New World? Or were they intolerant fanatics, intent on bringing godliness to Stuart England?
This study provides a clear narrative of the rise and fall of the Puritans across the troubled seventeenth century. Their story is placed in context by analytical chapters, which describe what the Puritans believed and how they organised their religious and social life. Quoting many contemporary sources, including diaries, plays and sermons, this is a vivid and comprehensible account, drawing on the most recent scholarship. Readers will find this book an indispensable guide, not only to the religious history of seventeenth century England, but also to its political and social history.


civil war England history puritanism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Wales SwanseaUK

About the authors

JOHN SPURR is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Wales, Swansea.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title English Puritanism 1603–1689
  • Authors John Spurr
  • Series Title Social History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-60188-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-60189-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-26854-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 189
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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