By Matthew Reynolds
This ebook strains the emergence of spiritual factionalism inside of an city neighborhood, from Elizabeth's reign till the outbreak of the English Civil conflict, focusing upon early sleek England's moment urban, Norwich, yet putting it within the context of britain as an entire. mostly, Tudor and Stuart Norwich has been seen as a centre of radical puritanism, yet via cautious learn of its wealthy municipal archive in addition to hitherto untapped diocesan and parochial fabric, the writer deals a extra rounded account of Norwich's non secular existence, which considers the looks of teams at odds with the godly. the 1st part explores how and why the Reformation flourished in Norwich. Later chapters tackle the fortunes of the city's puritan move with regards to successive anti-Calvinist bishops - significantly Samuel Harsnett and Matthew Wren - and their neighborhood allies (both clerical and lay) in the course of the 1620s and 30s. Reacting to godly grievance, Norwich's anti-puritan culture advanced into anything imminent 'civic Laudianism' in borough affairs less than Charles I.