Laudian and royalist polemic in seventeenth-century England: by Anthony Milton

By Anthony Milton

This can be the 1st full-length examine of 1 of the main prolific and arguable polemical authors of the 17th century. It offers for the 1st time an in depth research of the ways that Laudian and royalist polemical literature used to be created, tracing continuities and alterations in one corpus of writings from 1621 via to 1662. within the procedure, the writer provides very important new views at the origins and improvement of Laudianism and 'Anglicanism' and at the tensions inside of royalist thought.

Milton's booklet is neither a traditional biography nor easily a examine of published works, yet as a substitute constructs an built-in account of Peter Heylyn's profession and writings with the intention to give you the key to figuring out a profoundly polemical writer. Early chapters hint Heylyn's profession within the 1620s while his Laudian credentials have been faraway from obvious, and his years because the major reliable spokesman for the spiritual regulations of Charles I's own rule. extra chapters hint his activities within the 1640s because the objective of a vengeful parliament, editor of the most royalist newsbook and an more and more disappointed pamphleteer; his extraordinary tried rapprochement with Cromwell within the 1650s; and his makes an attempt to form the recovery payment and his posthumous big name as a spokesman of the Anglican royalist place. through the publication, Heylyn's transferring perspectives and fortunes advised a major reassessment of the relative coherence and balance of royalism and Laudianism.

Historians of early smooth English politics and faith and literary students will locate this ebook crucial reading.

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There is an obvious temptation to see the work as a body of instruction to Charles as he embarked upon an absolute monarchy. Heylyn, however, claimed that the essay had been written ‘long since’ for his ‘private satisfaction’, and there is some reason to accept this suggestion that the work was a private essay written back in the 1620s. To begin with, it must be stressed that Heylyn does not offer a crude endorsement of Augustus’s policies. 138 Nevertheless, there are some pieces of political observation that sit well with Heylyn’s later expressed views.

A2r. 84 TNA, LC 5/132, pp. 87, 165, 166; Survey, p. 283. The college accounts, however, describe Heylyn as being granted six months’ absence to serve as Danby’s chaplain: Bloxam, Register, V, pp. 46–8. 85 Survey, pp. 325–6, 334–5. , pp. 379–411. , pp. 415–16. , pp. 417–22. , p. 376. , p. 377. , p. 422. 92 Laud, Works, IV, p. 294; K. Fincham, ‘William Laud and the exercise of Caroline ecclesiastical patronage’, JEH, 51 (2000), 69–93. At his trial Laud also stated that there was no proof presented that he promoted John Pocklington or even knew William Beale, but clear evidence exists that he preferred Pocklington, while Beale not only knew him but kept him secretly informed of the University of Cambridge’s plans to oppose his rights of visitation: see A.

The truth may lie somewhere in between – that Danby sought to promote Heylyn, but that Laud was the man whose support was decisive. If Laud was not yet the prime mover in Heylyn’s advancement, however, Heylyn now proceeded to make what would appear to have been his most audacious bid for Laud’s support, and (apparently) his most determined break with his past. This was his assault on the puritan Feoffees for Impropriations. The feoffees were a trust established by leading puritans to buy impropriations, advowsons and leases of tithes, and to bestow them on godly ministers.

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