Godly Rule pp 136-162 | Cite as

Godless Rule

  • William M. Lamont

Abstract

These extracts from the Declaration of the English Army in Scotland, on 1 August 1650, make fascinating reading. They impose coherence upon the events of the previous decade. The Book of Revelation [the argument runs] comforted the godly in the time of Laud’s persecutions, inspired them to take up arms for Parliament at the beginning of the Civil War and steeled them to execute their king at the end of the Civil War. All this was true. But it was not the whole truth. As we have seen already, millenarianism was not the property of one extremist wing of the Army. It had coloured the thinking of Anglicans under the spell of Foxe, and of ‘root and branch’ ministers under the spell of Brightman. It had even — more surprisingly — influenced those who led the Erastian challenge towards the end of the Civil War. The drafters of the Declaration had no qualms, however, about appropriating the Apocalypse to themselves. At the time when they wrote, might seemed to be on their side : their commentary on the past was intended to be a preamble to the decisive acts of the future. ‘The Lord has brought us hither by his providence,’ they said, with a certain complacency, ‘and upon him we shall with confidence depend till we see a glorious issue.’2

Keywords

Manifold Coherence Assure Defend Tame 

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