A new copy of the 1692 Bunyan folio

We can gain a remarkable insight into the use of Bunyan’s works thanks to a copy of the 1692 folio that has just been donated to the Angus Library and Archive, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, by the Faringdon Baptist Church, in Berkshire.

While working in that Library, I was astonished to be shown what I believe is the only chained copy of the folio in existence. A portion of the rusty chain is still attached to the book, and a fly-leaf note, bearing the name of Philip Farmer, describes how the book was to be used in its original home :

This book was given by Phillip ffarmer to the Church of Christ meeting at their meeting house in Westbrook at ffaringdon, Constituted of such only as are baptized upon profession of their faith; to abide fixed in their meeting house for the use of all such whether members or hearers as shall resort thither at convinient seasons to read in it or hear any part of it read; Never to be moved from their present meeting house so long as they or their succcessours of the same faith and order shall possess and use the same for their meeting house; and if ever that church so constituted shall remove to another meeting place or be [letters deleted] divided, it is the will of the donor that the greatest number of such members as afores[ai]d that shall hold together shall possess and enjoy this book for common use as aforesaid This is declared by the donor the first day of ffebruary anno dom[in]j 1711

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This is a unique document, describing how the Bunyan folio was to be permanently kept in the meeting house, for all those wishing to read it, or be read to from it, when stepping into the building. The volume does not possess the frontispiece, the list of subscribers, or the index dedication.

Faringdon Baptist Church, Bromsgrove face, http://www.geograph.org.uk © Roger Templeman, CC BY-SA 2.0

Faringdon Baptist Church, Bromsgrove face, http://www.geograph.org.uk © Roger Templeman, CC BY-SA 2.0

A 19th-century loose sheet inserted in the volume, simply entitled ‘Baptist Church, Faringdon,’ reveals the full contents of a second fly-leaf, which is unfortunately torn. The text runs: ‘A book of Bunyan’s works, originally presented to the Church in the year 1711, by Philip Farmer, and removed by Thomas Mace to prevent it being stolen in the year 1761, was restored by Mr. J. Broad, of Reading, May 21st 1888, particulars of each circumstances being written on the fly-lead of the book, now chained to [an] antique oak lectern in its original position in the Chapel’.

The Angus Library and Archive now possesses three copies of the folio, whose editorial history might still yield some surprises. For those unfamiliar with their wonderful records, see their website, http://theangus.rpc.ox.ac.uk

 With many thanks to Emma Walsh and Emily Burgoyne.

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Matthew Henry: The Bible, Prayer, and Piety

The University of Chester, 14-16 July 2014.

Capture d’écran 2014-07-13 à 16.37.43‘To commemorate the tercentenary of the death of Matthew Henry (22 June 1714) and his 25-year ministry in Chester (1687–1712), the University of Chester, in collaboration with Chester Cathedral Library and the University of Manchester, is holding an interdisciplinary conference 14th–16th July 2014 to bring together historians, biblical scholars, and theologians to explore the work, context, and legacy of Matthew Henry, especially as it relates to his engagement with and use of Scripture. With keynote lectures from Prof. Clyde Binfield, Dr Ligon Duncan, Dr David Wykes, and Prof. Jeremy Gregory, this conference will not only offer a fresh opportunity to appreciate Henry’s ministry within the local context of Chester, it will also evaluate Henry in a wider historical context, and consider his contribution to the interpretation of the Bible in the early 18th century and its legacy up to the present day.’

For more information and registration, see http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/21521

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Dissenting Experience, Experiencing Dissent: registration

YEAR 2: Varieties of Dissenting Expression 

Saturday 8 November 2014, Dr Williams’s Library

You can download the flyer here. You can download the conference poster here. 

Speakers are: Margaret Bendroth, Francis F. Bremer, James F. Cooper, Joel Halcomb, Nicholas McDowell, Jason McElligott, Johanna Harris, George Southcombe, Bob Wordsworth.

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© Trustees of Dr Williams’s Library 

 

 

This one-day conference, organised by the Centre for the English-Speaking World of Aix-Marseille Université in association with the Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies and the University of Liverpool, focuses on the forms of dissenting expression available to dissenters and their congregations, on both sides of the Atlantic, throughout the seventeenth century. The conference examines the wealth and variety of written materials, both in print and from archival sources, related to the experience of dissent across a wide spectrum of genres: from surviving gathered-church records and church books in Old and New England to letters and correspondence, poetry, and dissenting activities in the book trade. The conference will explore the methodological challenges and possibilities of using such sources to explore how the dissenting experience was documented and communicated, as well as to assess their value in the literary history of dissent and the writing of its collective history. This is the second in a series of three annual events exploring the collective experience of the dissenting churches in the period 1600-1800.

To register, send an e-mail to Anne Page with your title, affiliation, postal address and dietary requirements:  anne.page@univ-amu.frRegistration is free and a buffet lunch will be served at the Library. Please register early as places are limited to 70.

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Young researchers’ conference on dissent: Call For Papers

Displacement, Transgression and Dissent in France, Great Britain and the American Colonies (c.1600-1800)

A young researchers’ conference, Aix-Marseille University, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March 2015

Guest speaker: Prof. Frank Lestringant (Paris-Sorbonne University)

 CALL FOR PAPERS

One of the main consequences of the Reformation in Europe, and of colonial expansionism, was a transformation of religious, social and political thought at a time when Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler were revolutionising conceptions of the universe.

This conference sets out to examine norms and transgressions in relation to issues such as:

  • knowledge and science;
  • religious dissent and political radicalism;
  • the ontological status of man;
  • definitions of reason and forms of unreason, including melancholy and madness;
  • new discourses of body and mind, including those that shaped concepts of sexual behaviour deemed abnormal or contrary to Nature;
  • the emergence of a political sphere;
  • the beginnings of a public sphere

The aim of the conference will be to investigate how these and related issues were explored in literary and artistic forms, as for example in poetry, satirical pamphlets, travel writings and utopias, drama and theological or moral controversies.

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 The conference is organized by Aix-Marseille University Research Centres on French Literature and on the Anglophone World and co-sponsored by two learned Societies, SEAA 17-18 (Anglophone World, 17th and 18th Centuries) and SFEDS (French Literature of the 18th Century).

Doctoral students and young researchers should send an abstract (250-500 words) and a short CV conjointly to the three organizers before 1 September 2015:

Prof. Anne Dunan-Page (anne.page@univ-amu.fr),

Prof. Stéphane Lojkine (stephane.lojkine@univ-amu.fr)

Prof. Jean Viviès (jean.vivies@univ-amu.fr)

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Dissenting Studies Seminar Series

Seminar in Dissenting Studies, the Lecture Hall, Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR. All are welcome. Those with an interest in Dr Williams’s Library and its collections and in the history of Protestant dissent are especially invited to attend.

Wednesday 2 July 2014 5.15 to 6.45 pm

Graham Jefcoate (Nijmegen and Chiang Mai), ’The Tribulations of Johann Christoph Haberkorn: An Eighteenth-Century London Printer and his Dealings with Pietists and Moravians’

 In March 1771 Friedrich Wilhelm Pasche, a Lutheran clergyman in London, met Mr. Metcalf, an attorney, to discuss the matter of the “Haberkornian debt”. Johann Christoph Haberkorn, a printer formerly of Grafton Street, Soho, owed money for goods he had received on credit many years before. In this lecture we shall trace the background of the “Haberkornian debt” through the printer’s dealings with German Lutheran Pietists and Moravians in mid-eighteenth-century London.

Although Haberkorn’s account books have not been preserved, a range of archival sources, including the correspondence of London’s Pietist clergy, enables us to reconstruct the sequence of events in outline. The sources also provide a (perhaps unexpected) insight into the role of the clergy within London’s large German-speaking community. The narrative that emerges may also challenge some preconceived ideas about foreign communities in eighteenth-century England. At the centre of that narrative is Haberkorn himself, a significant figure in the contemporary book trade but also an individual profoundly affected by the religious thinking and the confessional conflicts of his time.

Graham Jefcoate (1951) studied English Literature at Cambridge and Library Science at University College London. With a background in rare books cataloguing and curatorship, he has held senior positions at the British Library and Berlin State Library. From 2004 he worked in the Netherlands where he was Director of the Nijmegen University Library until he took early retirement in October 2011. He has published widely in the fields of Anglo-German bibliography, book trade history, library history, library management and innovation. Since retirement he has been writing and lecturing on heritage collections and on various aspects of the Anglo-German relationship in the eighteenth century. His monograph on German printers, booksellers and publishers in eighteenth-century London is due to be published in November 2014.

Speaker’s email: g.p.jefcoate.70@cantab.net

Book forthcoming with De Gruyter Verlag:

http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/422026

For more information about the Seminar in Dissenting Studies contact James Vigus (j.vigus@qmul.ac.uk) or see

http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/drwilliams/events/current.html

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Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies

26-28 June 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London

http://www.gold.ac.uk/history/research/panaceasociety/propheciesconference/

‘The Reformation dramatically changed Europe’s religious and political landscapes within a few decades. The Protestant emphasis on translating the Scriptures into the vernacular and the developments of the printing press rapidly gave increased visibility to the most obscure parts of the Bible. Similarly, Spanish and Italian mystics promoted a spiritual regeneration of the Catholic Church during the Counter-Reformation. Prophecies, whether of biblical, ancient or popular origin, as well as their interpretations gradually began reaching a wider audience, sparking controversies throughout all levels of society across Europe. In recent years, new research has eroded the long standing historiographical consensus of an increasing secularisation accelerated by the Enlightenment, which allegedly cast away beliefs in prophecies and miracles as outmoded. The multiplication of case studies on millenarian movements suggests a radically different picture, yet many questions remain. How did prophecies evolve with the politico-religious conjunctions of their time? Who read them? How seriously were they taken?’

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Dissenting Studies Seminar Series

Dr Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary) will speak at the Seminar for Dissenting Studies on ‘Family, Memory and Materiality in Nonconformist Life-Writings of the Long Eighteenth Century’, Wednesday 11 June 2014, 5.15-6.45pm, Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London.

All are welcome to attend. Tessa’s abstract is below, and further information about the seminar series can be found at:

http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/drwilliams/events/current.html.

Life writing encompasses a diversity of purposes, forms and repositories, making it a challenging subject for literary historians of religion. For religious dissenters, collective and individual records were crucial to sustaining their traditions and understanding their place in national history. This paper will pursue two related questions: why was biography so important for dissenters in the eighteenth century, and what was the role of women in the production of nonconformist culture? It will do so by investigating the material circumstances of production, preservation and dissemination of life writings as well as their form and content. It will concentrate on the activities of Mercy Doddridge and Jane Attwater and the exemplary memory of Elizabeth Rowe for dissenting women writers, asking how an author’s confessional identity might find its way into the structure and content of her writing, and with what literary effect. The relationship between the archival practices of familial and religious communities over time and individuals’ writings will also be a central aspect of this paper.

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Dissenting Studies Seminar Series

Professor E. Wyn James (Cardiff) will speak at the Seminar for Dissenting Studies on:

 ‘The Radical Welsh Baptist Minister, Morgan John Rhys and his American Travel Diary, 1794-95’

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 5.15-6.45pm, Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London.

All are welcome to attend. For an abstract and further information about the seminar series, please see http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/drwilliams/events/current.html.

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Research Assistant needed

Professor Vera Camden (Kent State) is looking for a Research Assistant in the summer 2014 (c.25 hours in total, perhaps slighly over) for archival work, especially at Dr Williams’s Library and other London archives, on the manuscripts and correspondance of Mary Franklin and her granddaughter Hanna Burton.

If you are interest and would like more details about the work involved, please contact Professor Camden directly: vcamden@kent.edu

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Dissent and the Hanoverian Succession

‘Dissent and the Hanoverian Succession’, The tenth annual one-day conference of the Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies (a collaboration between the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, and Dr Williams’s Library) will take place on:

Saturday 10 May 2014

Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square WC1H 0AR

See the complete programme on the Centre’s website, http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/drwilliams/events/c2014.html

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Dissenting Studies Seminar Series

Ralph Stevens (Cambridge) will speak at the Seminar for Dissenting Studies on:

 ‘The Toleration Act, Chapels-of-Ease, and the Legacy of Restoration Partial Conformity’

Wednesday 12 March 2014, 5.15-6.45pm, Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London.

All are welcome to attend. For an abstract and further information about the seminar series, please see http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/drwilliams/events/current.html.

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CFP: Huguenot Networks in Europe, 9-11 September 2015

435px-Bookstore_of_the_Huguenots_in_Amsterdam_(1715)The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland is planning a 6th International Huguenot Conference for 9, 10, 11 September 2015.

The conferenceto be entitled Huguenot networks in Europe, 1550-1800: the impact of a minority, will be held at Europe House, Westminster – London base of the European Commission (two days) – and Boughton House, Northamptonshire – home to the Duke of Buccleuch’s outstanding collection of French Huguenot fine and decorative artwork (one day).

Download the first call for papers here.

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EMoDiR seminar

Tuesday 4th March, at the University of Verona, Helena Wangefelt Ström (University of Umeå) will speak on  ’The petrifying eye of the beholder: Heritigisation of religion in Swedish 17th century travel journals’. The event is part of a series of seminars organised by the international EMoDiR.

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If you don’t know it already, EMoDiR (Research Group in Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism) is ‘an international research group dedicated to the study of religious differences, conflicts and plurality during the early modern period’. 

For more information, and for its activities, see its website, http://www.emodir.net/

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CFP: Godly Governance, York, 17-28 June 2014

Godly Governance: Religion and Political Culture in the Early Modern World, c. 1500-1750
University of York (UK), 27th-28th June 2014
Religious and political thought have seldom been entirely separable, but this was especially the case following the seismic changes that characterized the early modern period. These transformations affected the relationship of the religious and the political, blurring the boundaries between sacred and secular, public and private in ways previously inconceivable. These two sources of power met on a large scale in wars of religion or the establishment of national churches. But this period also witnessed the internalization of godly governance: manuals describing self-regulation, covering topics as diverse as child-raising, managing the home, ordering the diet, and dying well, abound. Intersections between these two facets of early modern life fill the period’s literature, music, art, and material culture, in the spaces of high culture and the quotidian, in performative and textual expression. Recent work has established that both religion and politics intersect with confessional identities, material culture, the spatial imagination, intellectual and patronage networks, and across manuscript and print culture. This conference seeks to illuminate the entanglements and confrontations between God and government in these diverse fields, hoping that the study of these difficult but fruitful meeting places can open up new avenues of understanding about the early modern world.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Peter McCullough (Oxford) and Dr Lucy Wooding (KCL).
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Richard L. Greaves Prize: Appointment of the Selection Committee

Did you know that since 2004, every three years, a research Prize in the memory of Richard L. Greaves is awarded by the international John Bunyan Society for a “for an outstanding book-length work of scholarship devoted to the history, literature, thought, practices and legacy of Anglophone Protestantism to 1700.”

This is wonderful opportunity to publicize work in the field among the public, so let your commissioning editors know that they can approach the selection committee.

The new selection committee has just been made public: it is chaired by N. H. Keeble (Stirling), with Ann Hugh (Keele) and Cynthia Wall (Virginia).

It will examine monograph and collective volumes published from January 2013 to January 2016 and the Prize will be presented at the 8th Triennal conference of the International John Bunyan Society in the summer 2016.

You can download the regulations and procedures  here  and get more information directly from the website of the IJBS, http://johnbunyansociety.org.

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Dissenting Studies Seminar Series

The programme of the Dissenting Studies Seminar Series (January to July 2014) has been published. You can find it on the website of the Dr William’s Centre for Dissenting Studies, http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/drwilliams/events/current.html.

The series starts on Wednesday 8 January 2014  (5.15 to 6.45 pm, 14 Gordon Square), with a paper by Jane Giscombe (Dr Williams’s Library) entitled ‘Henry Crabb Robinson and the Dissenters: His Reading in Colchester 1790-95’.

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George Whitefield at 300

George_Whitefield_(head)George Whitefield at 300 is An International Tercentenary Conference, sponsored by Aberystwyth University, the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, and The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, that will take place at Pembroke College, Oxford, on 25‑27 June 2014. Follow this link to the conference website, where you can download the programme and register for what promises to be a wonderful event, http://www.mwrc.ac.uk/whitefield-conference/

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Catalogue of sects

Updated 24 June 2014
Following my July post on the difficulty of finding a nice header for this new website, and after many attempts ranging from photographs of rural chapels to manuscript records, we have finally settled on the above and some readers have since asked that we identify the characters. From left to right are, an ‘Ante Scripturian’, a ‘Soule Sleeper’, an ‘Anabaptist’, a ‘Familist’, a ‘Seeker’ and… a ‘Divorcer’, beating his wife.
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As you might have recognized, this is the cropped top tier of vignettes from the title-page of the 1647 broadside A Catalogue of the severall Sects and Opinions in England and other Nations With a briefe Rehearsall of their false and dangerous Tenents in the Thomason Collection, BL 669.f.10 [111].
 The first tier has a “Jesuit”, “One Evins a Welch-man (Arise Evans), an “Arminian”, an “Arian”, an “Adamite” and a “Libertin” breaking the tables of the Law, in the same aggressive posture as the Divorcer below him. 
The background is a Victorian map of Christian’s journey in Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. You can make out Christian’s entrance into a (neoclassical) Palace Beautiful and, depending on the portable device you’re using, Giant Despair in pursuit of Christian and Hopeful, at the very top. 
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Dissenting Experience, Year 1

Many thanks to all the speakers and participants at our first conference on 9 November 2013, and to our partners Dr Williams’s Library and Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies. Some of you have asked for a list of participants. You can download it here. Also, it was suggested that we create a Q&A page on this site, to share questions and (hopefully!) answers, so watch out for it. We will keep you informed by email if you’ve registered an interest on the website.

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Dissenting Experience, Experiencing Dissent: Registration

There are still a few places left for the first of our conferences at Dr Williams’s Library on Saturday 9 November 2013. You can download the complete programme here.

Speakers are: Michael Davies, Crawford Gribben, Ann Hughes, N. H. Keeble, Kathleen Lynch, Chad van Dixhoorn, and Elliot Vernon.

© Trustees of Dr Williams's Library

© Trustees of Dr Williams’s Library

These three one-day conferences, a partnership between the Aix-Marseille Research Centre on the English-Speaking World and Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies will take place in early November, in 2013, 2014, and 2015. They  will explore the religious and social experiences of Independent and Baptist churches and their members during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Although the focus will remain primarily on what could be termed the ‘gathered churches’, the conferences will also offer opportunities to explore other aspects of the experience of dissent: from, for example, the perspective of Presbyterians and Quakers. This year is on “Ministers and their congregations”, while we’ll look at the “Variety of dissenting expression” next year with speakers on Church records, diaries, poetry, letters and entring books.

To register, send an e-mail to Anne Page with your title, affiliation, postal address and dietary requirements:  anne.page@univ-amu.frRegistration is free and a buffet lunch will be served at the Library.

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Dissenting Academies Online: Virtual Library System (Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies)

The Virtual Library System was relaunched in September 2013 with the addition of the Catalogue of the Library of the Lancashire Independent College, Manchester (1885) and details of the 2,500 surviving books from the Northern Congregational College, formed in 1958 from the amalgamation of Lancashire Independent College and Yorkshire United Independent College. The books, dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, are unusually rich in provenance and evidence of use, both institutional and private, the latter including fascinating examples of the everyday reader–men and women who owned only a handful of books and whose annotations are the only evidence of their interaction with them. The VLS for the first time includes high resolution images of the title pages and marks of ownership for these books, which are held at The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester. The details of the previous owners, both private and institutional, are included in the fully searchable database. For access and further information see: http://vls.english.qmul.ac.uk/

 The project ‘Private Books for Educational Use – the Formation of the Northern Congregational College Library’, funded by the AHRC, was directed by Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr David Wykes (Dr Williams’s Library, London), and implemented by Dr Benjamin Bankhurst and Dr Rachel Eckersley, research assistants, and Dr Dmitri Iourinski, technical assistant, with the advice of Ed Potten (Cambridge University Library), principal consultant.

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A new edition of the Bunyan Church Book, 1656-1710

By Michael Davies, University of Liverpool

The purpose of this edition (currently in preparation, and forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2015) is to provide literary scholars and historians, as well as students and general readers, with a scholarly yet accessible annotated edition of A Booke Containing a Record of the Acts of a Congregation of Christ in and about Bedford: the manuscript record of the Bedford congregation’s life during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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Who the congregation’s members were, how they were received and disciplined, how they survived strife and harassment, and what defined their ecclesiological principles and practices are all revealed in fascinating detail by this remarkable document.  This edition will include the Church Book’s record of meetings from 1656, when they begin to be noted, to 1710, when an off-shoot congregation was formed out of the Bedford church and established – on good terms – at Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire.  During this period, John Bunyan famously served as the congregation’s preacher and pastor, witnessing significant crises and developments both within the Bedford church and for Restoration Nonconformity more generally.

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The Lucy Hutchinson Conference

Make sure you visit the website of the Centre for Early Modern Studies (University of Oxford) for details about the Lucy Hutchinson Conference, to be held at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, on Thursday 28 november 2013. You can register online until November 21st.

The new edition of Hutchinson’s collected works is supported by a website (with, among other things a bibliography of John Owen by Mark Burden) and a blog. The first volume, edited by Reid Barbour and David Norbrook was launched in February 2012 (see our Publications page).

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“Lucy Hutchinson is well known to seventeenth-century historians and literary scholars as the author of Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, a classic biography which sets the momentous life of her husband, a committed Puritan, republican and regicide, against the wider backdrop of the English Civil War and Restoration. This work, and a compelling though fragmentary autobiography, have been more or less continually in print since their publication from manuscript in 1806. Only recently, however, has the scale and range of her interests been recognized.

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The ‘presbyterianism’ of Richard Heyrick

By James Mawdesley, The University of Sheffield

N.B. References in brackets refer to The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly 1643-1652, ed. Chad van Dixhoorn (5 vols., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

I have recently been fortunate enough to have access to Chad van Dixhoorn’s new edition of the minutes of the Westminster Assembly, and it struck me how over the next few years, it will be interesting to see what use scholars make of the minutes, and what details lie within a primary source which had previously only been utilised in manuscript form by the most dedicated of researchers.

Manchester Cathedral (the former collegiate church), with Heyrick's memorial brass

Manchester Cathedral (the former collegiate church), with Heyrick’s memorial brass

The intention of this brief blog post is to highlight a small example of what details can be found within the minutes, and how the minutes might be used to adapt our understanding of the careers of individual clerics. Richard Heyrick had been appointed in 1635 as the warden of the Manchester collegiate church, and is well known as one of the leading lights of the classical presbyterian system which was established in Lancashire in 1646 (the year in which episcopacy was abolished). Within the Lancashire province, the Manchester classis (under Heyrick’s watch) continued to function until the summer of 1660, just after the restoration of Charles II to the throne. Though he did not participate in the Westminster Assembly to the same extent as his fellow member for Lancashire, Charles Herle (the rector of Winwick), he was nonetheless a relatively regular attendee of its debates. It was during these debates that Heyrick made two particularly interesting contributions.

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The Richard L. Greaves Award to Kathleen Lynch

On 15 August 2013, Kathleen Lynch received the award from David Gay, chairman of the  selection committee (2010-2013), for her monograph, Protestant Autobiography in the Seventeenth-Century Anglophone Worldpublished in 2012 by Oxford University Press. 

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The Richard L. Greaves Award is presented triennially by the International John Bunyan Society for an outstanding book on the history, literature, thought, practices, and legacy of English Protestantism to 1700.

A special commendation went to Tim Cooper for his John Owen, Richard Baxter and the Formation of Nonconformity (Ashgate, 2011).

 

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