Conflicts within the established church in Warwickshire c. 1603-1642
Oldridge, Darren (1992) Conflicts within the established church in Warwickshire c. 1603-1642. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis examines the established church in Warwickshire from the
accession of James I to the outbreak of the English civil war. Its
principal aim is to assess the impact of the ecclesiastical policies
of Charles I, which have been the subject of considerable debate
between historians in recent years.
The thesis argues that significant changes occurred in the local
church during the 1630s. These were broadly in line with the
policies of Archbishop William Laud, who sought to promote an
institutional and sacramental style of worship, and to suppress the
activity of Protestant nonconformists. In Warwickshire, these
policies led to the promotion of ceremonial religion and the
renovation and redecoration of parish churches. There was also an
increase in the prosecution of Puritans in the church courts.
However, the success of these policies was limited by various
factors: the attitudes of the local bishops, the practical problems
of enforcing discipline, and the resilience of the Puritan community.
The thesis examines the impact of Laud's policies on the county as a
whole, and on particular groups within the local church. It also
presents case-studies of religion in the towns of Coventry and
Stratford-upon-Avon. The thesis concludes that the ecclesiastical
policies of the 1630s were largely counter-productive: they provoked
the hostility of local Puritans, but failed to curb their activities.
The experience of "Laudianism" also encouraged demands for thorough
reform in the established church, which were translated into support
for parliament at the beginning of the civil war.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Warwickshire (England) -- Church history -- 17th century, Church of England -- History -- 17th century, Christianity -- Government policy -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century|
|Official Date:||August 1992|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of History|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Capp, B. S.|
|Extent:||2 v. (ix, 507 leaves)|
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