Puritans and Catholics in the Trans-Atlantic World 1600–1800

  • Crawford Gribben
  • R. Scott Spurlock

About this book


For many English puritans, the new world represented new opportunities for the reification of reformation, if not a site within which they might begin to experience the conditions of the millennium itself. For many Irish Catholics, by contrast, the new world became associated with the experience of defeat, forced transportation, indentured service, cultural and religious loss. And yet, as the chapters in this volume demonstrate, the Atlantic experience of puritans and Catholics could be much less bifurcated than some of the established scholarly narratives have suggested: puritans and Catholics could co-exist within the same trans-Atlantic families; Catholics could prosper, just as puritans could experience financial decline; and Catholics and puritans could adopt, and exchange, similar kinds of belief structures and practical arrangements, even to the extent of being mistaken for each other. This volume investigates the history of Puritans and Catholics in the Atlantic world, 1600-1800.


Puritans Catholics utopian groups diaspora Caribbean empire Familie Judaism Puritan reform reformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Crawford Gribben
    • 1
  • R. Scott Spurlock
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen’s UniversityBelfastUK
  2. 2.University of GlasgowUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137368980
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57022-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-36898-0
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