Contesting the Church in England 1640-1670

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Date / time: 21 May, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Rutherford College, University of Kent


Between 1640 and 1670 the Church in England underwent a series of traumatic changes in form and governance. Experiments in religious worship that were tolerated during the Civil Wars were viewed with horror by loyal episcopalians. When the monarchy was restored in 1660, strenuous attempts were made to stamp out religious non-conformity, but it was too late. A generation had grown up experiencing greater religious freedom and rejected attempts to re-instate the pre-civil war national Church.

The conference offers a forum for discussing new research and sources on the conflicting views of what the national Church should be before and after the restoration, and asks the question: ‘Whose church was it, anyway?’

  • The Keynote will be given Anthony Milton.
  • Panel chairs: Andrew Foster, Peter Lake and John Spurr.
  • Speakers are Kenneth Fincham, Joel Halcomb, Giles Mandelbrote, Fiona McCall, Vivienne Larminie, Anthony Milton, Stephen Taylor, David Wykes, Elliot Vernon, Rebecca Warren and Sarah Ward Clavier.

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