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William Perkins and the Poor

  • Christopher Hill

Abstract

William Perkins has only recently come to receive from historians the attention that was given to him by contemporaries.2 He was the first systematic Calvinist theologian in England who also had a clearly defined attitude towards social problems. I hope that a study of his theology and its outcome in social theory may help to throw some light on the historical significance of Puritanism.

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Sixteenth Century Religious Duty Poor Relief Cursed Generation Labour Discipline 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    Cf. Gardiner, History of the Great Civil War (1901), I, pp. 226–8; Haller, op. cit., pp. 116–17.Google Scholar

Notes

  1. 1.
    R. Baillie, Letters and Journals (1775), II, p. 149.Google Scholar

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© Christopher Hill 1997

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