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By Fiona McCall

The English Civil conflict was once a time of disruption, agony and persecution for lots of humans, now not least the clergy of the tested church, who came upon themselves ejected from their livings in expanding numbers as Parliamentarian forces prolonged their regulate around the kingdom. but, historians have tended to downplay their ache, who prefer as a rule to pay attention in its place upon the persecution suffered by means of dissenters after the recovery. Drawing upon a powerful array of resources - so much particularly the awesome set of relatives and parish stories gathered via John Walker within the early years of the eighteenth century - this ebook refocuses cognizance at the reviews of the sequestered loyalist clergy through the turbulent years of the 1640s and 1650s. The research highlights how the reports of the clergy can assist remove darkness from occasions in wider society, while even as acknowledging the original state of affairs within which Church of britain ministers came upon themselves. For even if the plundering, imprisonment and private lack of the clergy was once most likely indicative of the reviews of many usual humans on center earning, the ubiquitous non secular measurement to the clash ensured specific consciousness was once paid to these retaining spiritual place of work. in the course of the conflict and interregnum, zealous non secular reformers attacked each point of verified faith, focusing on either present associations and those that supported them. Clergy have been ejected on an unparalleled scale, pain a lot violence and persecution and branded as 'malignants' and 'baal's priests'. by means of re-examining their background, the ebook bargains a balanced review of the persecution, hard many preconceptions in regards to the ejected loyalists, and delivering new insights into the stories and legacies of this influential group.

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