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)
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/174587008X256610
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.
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