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1.i THE historical past OF BRITISHAPOCALYPTICTHOUGHT The research of early smooth Britain among the Reformation of the 1530s and the Wars of the 3 Kingdoms of the 1640s has gone through a chain of historiographical revisions. The dramatic occasions in the course of that century have been marked by way of a non secular fight that produced a Protestant state, divided internally, but essentially against Rome. Likewise the political surroundings instilled a feeling of in charge information concerning the management of the area and the safeguard 1 of constitutional liberty. Whig Historians from the 19th century defined 2 those adjustments as a “Puritan Revolution.” basically this used to be England’s inevitable three march in the direction of enlightenment for this reason t of spiritual and political maturation. next Marxist historians attributed those radical alterations to socio-economic four elements. Britain was once witnessing the decline of the medieval feudal process and the increase of a brand new capitalist type. either one of those early perspectives claimed that brewing social, political and monetary unrest culminated in severe radical motion. extra lately, starting within the Eighties, new reports seemed that started to problem those outdated assumptions. counting on cautious archival study, lots of those reviews discarded the previous belief of this era as “revolutionary”, as a substitute five arguing that the Reformation used to be in reality a gentle and unpopular method. In 1 Margo Todd (ed.) Reformation to Revolution: Politics and faith in Early smooth England (London and manhattan, 1995), p. 1. 2 S. R. Gardiner, the 1st Stuarts and the Puritan Revolution (London, 1876).

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71-77. 32 Milton, Catholic and Reformed, p. 4, 8n. 33 Peter Lake, Anglicans and Puritans? Presbyterianism and English Conformist Thought from Whitgift to Hookerr (London, 1988); idem, “Calvinism and the English Church”, in Todd, Reformation and Revolution, pp. 179-207; Hugh Trevor-Roper, Catholics, Anglicans and Puritans Seventeenth Century Essays (London, 1987). 34 Milton, Catholic and Reformed, p. 5 31 Crypto-Papists, Anti-Calvinists and the Antichrist 27 preceding the outbreak of war in 1643.

482-483. Mede’s correspondences include such notable figures as the Archbishop of Armagh: James Ussher; Professor at Leiden: Ludovicus de Dieu; Professor at Saumur: Paul Testard; Irenicists: Samuel Hartlib and John Dury; Ambassador William Temple and others. Mede, Works, pp. 731883. 11 Mede, Works, p. VII. 12 Ibid. General Preface. 13 Hall, p. 83. 14 Peile, Christ’s College, p. 138. 10 40 Cambridge Platonists “precise” and often bore the epithet “puritan”. As discussed earlier Mede’s own position conformed to neither party.

57 The Pope was the head of the Anti-Christian world and identified by Mede as the Antichrist. ”59 In an effort to deter further anti-papal polemics, from 1633 to 1640, Archbishop Laud forebade the publication of any material identifying the pope as Antichrist. 60 Indeed Mede’s reluctance to relent from his interpretation of the apocalyptic Antichrist prevented him from gaining the favor of the Laudians. Unquestionably a man of his scholarly stature and reputation for defending Laudian forms of worship should have easily risen to great prominence.

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