James I and Puritanism
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This paper examines how, between 1603 and 1611, James I made many attempts to create a "Jacobethan balance" in his determination to include as many people as possible in his Anglican Church. It looks at how these attempts centered largely around his efforts to separate the extreme Puritans from those who were prepared to conform to his rule and how by well-chosen appointments and discriminating clerical patronage, he successfully guided the Church of England into the middle ground.
From the Paper:"The most extreme Puritans referred to themselves as the "Godly Elect", which obviously was some cause for resentment, and believed in Predestination (that they were already destined for a place in heaven) and thus lived very "Godly" lives; they set out to convince themselves of this and so they could interpret any occurrence in ways that suited them and such ideologies. Their deliberate self-separation made them a potential threat, but most Puritans (not all of whom even saw themselves precisely as such) conformed politically as well as religiously (as the King was head of the Church of England, the two were inseparable), similarly to the Closet Catholics, who were also well tolerated in James's reign (some cause of jealousy for the Puritans - Parliament suggested many times that Recusancy Laws be strengthened, mainly as a result of their relaxation in the face of the Spanish (and French) Match, later in James's reign."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Patrick Collinson (ed.), The Sixteenth Century: 1485-1603 (Short Oxford History of the British Isles) (OUP, 2001).
- Pauline Croft, King James (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).
- S.J. Houston, James I (Seminar Studies In History) (Longman, 1995)
- David L. Smith, A History of the Modern British Isles 1603-1707: The Double Crown (Wiley-Blackwell, 1998).
- John Spurr, English Puritanism 1603-1689 (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998)
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