Ministers of State: The established church during the English Revolution

Craven, A. (2008) Ministers of State: The established church during the English Revolution. Northern History, 45 (1). pp. 51-69. ISSN 0078-172X (Online 1745-8706) Available from:

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Between 1642 and 1660, the Church of England was directed and administered by centrally-appointed government committees, who oversaw the appointment of clerics, arranged generous salaries for many ministers, and undertook ambitious policies that would have revolutionised the medieval parochial structure of the Church. Yet these committees have rarely been discussed, largely because historians remain sceptical about the nature of the Church in this period, and have too often been distracted by doctrinal matters. This essay will analyse the key activity of these committees within Lancashire, the augmentation of clerical wages, and demonstrate that there was a functioning, national, established Church in existence during this period, and that, for some of the clergy at least, this was a golden age of doctrinal tolerance and financial remuneration.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Early modern Seventeenth Century history, England, Lancashire, religion, Church of England, Commonwealth Republic Committee of Plundered Ministers
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:8113
Deposited By: Dr A. Craven
Deposited On:05 Jul 2010 11:09
Last Modified:02 Dec 2016 16:21

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