Category Archives: Publication

Kristianna Polder – Matrimony in the True Church

Readers will be interested to learn of the following book published last year: Kristianna Polder, Matrimony in the True Church: The Seventeenth-Century Quaker Marriage Approbation Discipline (Routledge, 2015).

Matrimony in the True Church: The Seventeenth-Century Quaker Marriage Approbation Discipline (Hardback) book coverPublisher’s note: ‘Like many other denominations, seventeenth-century Quakers were keen to ensure that members married within their own religious community. In order to properly understand the ramification of such a policy, this book explores the early Quaker marriage approbation process and discipline as demonstrated through the works and marriage of the movement’s leaders, George Fox and Margaret Fell. The book begins with an introduction that briefly summarises the historical context of the early Quaker movement, the ministry of Fox and Fell, and importance they laid upon the marriage approbation discipline. The remainder of the book is divided into three broad chapters. Chapter one examines the practical aspects of the early Quaker marriage approbation discipline, including a summary of seventeenth-century courtship and marriage practice, and an analysis of early Quaker Meeting Minutes. Chapter two then looks at the theological foundations of the marriage approbation process, and the Quaker emphasis on ’Good Order’ and their desire to return to the primitive Christianity of the apostolic church. Chapter three examines the marriage between Fox and Fell, which they presented as a testimony of the union of Christ and his Church. Their married life is analysed through their correspondence to discover whether or not the marriage did indeed exemplify the spiritual gravity originally bestowed upon it by Fox, Fell and some in the Quaker community. Through this close investigation of Quaker marriage approbation, the book offers fascinating insights into early modern English society, attitudes to gender and the early Quakers’ self-perception of themselves as the one and only True Church.’

Mark Goldie – Roger Morrice and the Puritan Whigs

Mark Goldie’s monograph, adapted from his edition of the Entring Book of Roger Morrice (but with a new introduction and bibliography), will be an invaluable resource for scholars working on the Restoration period.

Roger Morrice and the Puritan WhigsPublisher’s note:Roger Morrice and the Puritan Whigs explains a movement, illuminates the world of its emblematic representative, and explores one of the most remarkable documents of the seventeenth century. Morrice’s Entring Book was supremely well-informed, passionately committed, and relentlessly opinionated. Chronicling the years 1677 to 1691, nearly a million words in length, it is the fullest surviving record of the tumultuous final years of the Stuart regime, from the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis to the Glorious Revolution. Morrice was a Puritan clergyman turned confidential reporter for leading Whig politicians, a barometer of opinion, for whom reliable information was vital for public action. Just twenty years after Pepys’s Diary, the Entring Book depicts a darker England, gripped by a new crisis of ‘popery and arbitrary government’. Mark Goldie’s deeply considered book examines the fortunes of Puritanism in the later Stuart age. It offers a story of disillusion and diminuendo, of struggles for survival in the face of intolerance, and of self-understanding among those who hoped to transform England through ‘Godly rule’. Yet the book also tells a countervailing story of revitalized and transformed Puritanism. Puritans worked through parliament, the royal court, and the households of gentry, merchants, lawyers, and clergy. Setting out to galvanize civil society, they mobilized public opinion, organized electorates, and deployed the arts of journalism, influence, and persuasion.’

The Richard L. Greaves Prize 2016 – won by Alec Ryrie

CoverThe Richard L. Greaves Prize was established in 2004 in honour of the memory of the first president of the International John Bunyan Society and is awarded every three years for an outstanding book-length work of scholarship devoted to the history, literature, thought, practices and legacy of Anglophone Protestantism to 1700. Many congratulations to Alec Ryrie, who won the 2016 prize for his monograph Being Protestant in Reformation Britain (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Publisher’s note: ‘Beginning from the surprisingly urgent, multifaceted emotions of Protestantism, Ryrie explores practices of prayer, of family and public worship, and of reading and writing, tracking them through the life course from childhood through conversion and vocation to the deathbed. He examines what Protestant piety drew from its Catholic predecessors and contemporaries, and grounds that piety in material realities such as posture, food and tears. This perspective shows us what it meant to be Protestant in the British Reformations: a meeting of intensity (a religion which sought authentic feeling above all, and which dreaded hypocrisy and hard-heartedness) with dynamism (a progressive religion, relentlessly pursuing sanctification and dreading idleness). That combination, for good or ill, gave the Protestant experience its particular quality of restless, creative zeal.’

The InvenCaP ‘Inventory’ has now been published!

Dissenting Experience is pleased to announce its latest publication, An Inventory of Puritan and Dissenting Records, 1640-1714 (2016), compiled by Mark Burden, Michael Davies, Anne Dunan-Page and Joel Halcomb. The Inventory contains full bibliographical details of over 350 church books, account books, and register books belonging to Baptist, Congregational or Presbyterian churches during the later Stuart period. It also includes an ‘Introduction’, which examines important questions relating to the nomenclature and history of Puritan congregations. The Inventory is available to view via the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English website: For further information about the scope of the project, please browse the ‘About InvenCaP‘ pages on the Dissenting Experience website.

Albrecht Burkardt (dir.) – L’Economie des Dévotions

Ce livre cherche à élucider les rapports qu’entretiennent, à l’époque moderne, les activités économiques et les pratiques dévotionnelles. Il s’agit de deux sphères volontiers séparées, avec en arrière-plan, des a priori d’incompatibilité, voire des aversions traditionnelles qui n’ont pas épargné l’historiographie. Et pourtant il est évident que, dans les sociétés d’Ancien Régime, le champ des pratiques de piété a constitué un facteur économique d’importance majeure.

  • L’économie des lieux de dévotions
  • Dévotions et commerce :conjonctures et logiques distributives
  • Dévotion et commerce :coexistence, conflits, accommodements
  • Réseaux commerciaux et dévotions des acteurs de l’échange
  • Zaytoun, août2007

Philippe Moulis (ed.) – L’Unigenitus en Frontière de Catholicité

L'UNIGENITUS EN FRONTIÈRE DE CATHOLICITÉProtégé de Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet et précepteur du comte de Toulouse, fils de Louis XIV, Pierre de Langle est nommé, en 1698, évéque de Boulogne-sur-Mer. Proche des Noailles, l’évêque boulonnais s’oppose à la bulle Unigenitus, fulminée le 8 septembre 1713, qui condamnait 101 propositions extraites des Réflexions morales de Pasquier Quesnel. Au cœur du réseau international janséniste, le corpus de 366 lettres, écrites entre 1711 et 1724, rassemblées dans cet ouvrage, dévoile le cheminement de la pensée des prélats jansénistes qui mène à l’appel des quatre évêques en 1717 et permet de mieux comprendre ce que fut la «querelle de la bulle Unigenitus » dans le royaume de France et en Europe du Nord.

Philippe Moulis, docteur en histoire moderne, est chercheur associé au centre Pléiade de l’Université de Paris 13. Il a écrit de nombreux articles sur le jansénisme aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles. Il est membre de la Société des Amis de Port-Royal et collabore régulièrement aux Chroniques de Port-Royal.

Crawford Gribben, Scott Spurlock (eds.) – Puritans and Catholics in the Trans-Atlantic World 1600-1800

As part of the Palgrave Macmillan series, ‘Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1500-1800’, Crawford Gribben and Scott Spurlock have recently edited a collection of essays titled Puritans and Catholics in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1600-1800 (2016).

Publisher’s note: ‘This volume explores the complex and surprisingly similar experiences of puritans and Catholics in the early modern Atlantic world.’

Francis J. Bremer – Lay Empowerment and the Development of Puritanism

Francis J. Bremer’s account of ‘the role played by countless named and unnamed women in the story of the shaping of puritanism’ has now been published as Lay Empowerment and the Development of Puritanism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Publisher’s note: ‘A study of the rise and decline of puritanism in England and New England that focuses on the role of godly men and women. It explores the role of family devotions, lay conferences, prophesying and other means by which the laity influenced puritan belief and practice, and the efforts of the clergy to reduce lay power in the seventeenth century.’

Kirsty Milne – At Vanity Fair: From Bunyan to Thackeray

Kirsty Milne’s At Vanity Fair: From Bunyan to Thackeray, a remarkably detailed investigation of one of Bunyan’s most powerful literary images and episodes, was recently published by Cambridge University Press (May 2015).

At Vanity FairPublisher’s note: ‘This literary history, focusing on reception, adaptation and influence, traces the fictional representation of Vanity Fair over three centuries from John Bunyan’s masterpiece, The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), to William Makepeace Thackeray’s own Vanity Fair (1847–8). It explores the influence of anonymous journalists and booksellers alongside well-known authors including Ben Jonson, Samuel Richardson and Thomas Carlyle. Over time, Bunyan’s dystopian fantasy has been altered and repurposed to characterise consumer capitalism, channelling memories that inform and unsettle modern hedonism. By tracking the idea of ‘Vanity Fair’ against this shifting background, the book illuminates the relationship between the individual and the collective imagination, between what is culturally available and what is creatively impelled.’

Robert Strivens – Philip Doddridge and the Shaping of Evangelical Dissent

Robert Strivens’s interesting and important study of dissenting natural theology and eighteenth-century preaching, Philip Doddridge and the Shaping of Evangelical Dissent, was recently published by Ashgate (November 2015) and will be of great interest to many of our readers.

Philip Doddridge and the Shaping of Evangelical DissentPublisher’s note: ‘Evangelical Dissent in the early eighteenth century had to address a variety of intellectual challenges. How reliable was the Bible? Was traditional Christian teaching about God, humanity, sin and salvation true? What was the role of reason in the Christian faith? Philip Doddridge (1702-51) pastored a sizeable evangelical congregation in Northampton, England, and ran a training academy for Dissenters which prepared men for pastoral ministry. Philip Doddridge and the Shaping of Evangelical Dissent examines his theology and philosophy in the context of these and other issues of his day and explores the leadership that he provided in evangelical Dissent in the first half of the eighteenth century. Offering a fresh look at Doddridge’s thought, the book provides a criticial examination of the accepted view that Doddridge was influenced in his thinking primarily by Richard Baxter and John Locke. Exploring the influence of other streams of thought, from John Owen and other Puritan writers to Samuel Clarke and Isaac Watts, as well as interaction with contemporaries in Dissent, the book shows Doddridge to be a leader in, and shaper of, an evangelical Dissent which was essentially Calvinistic in its theology, adapted to the contours and culture of its times.’