Contesting the Church in England c.1640-c.1670

You are warmly invited to attend a day conference organised by the Centre for Anglican History and Theology on Saturday 21 May

Speakers: Kenneth Fincham, Joel Halcombe, Giles Mandelbrote, Fiona McCall, Vivienne Larminie, Anthony Milton, Stephen Taylor, David Wykes, Elliot Vernon, Rebecca Warren and Sarah Ward Clavier 

Panel chairs: Andrew Foster, Peter Lake and John Spurr

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?’

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