The author would like to thank Anthony Milton and Joel Halcomb for commenting upon drafts of this article, Andrew Foster, Stephen Pumfrey, Gary Rivett and the Revd. Greg Forster for their advice, and the two anonymous reviewers for their valuable suggestions. He would also like to thank the congregations at St. Mary's church, Prestwich, and at St. Saviour's church, Ringley, for their hospitality and interest when he visited their churches; the members of the history postgraduate seminar at the University of Lancaster for their comments on an earlier version of this article; and the Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding this research.
The harassment of Isaac Allen: puritanism, parochial politics and Prestwich's troubles during the first English civil war†
Article first published online: 12 MAR 2014
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Volume 87, Issue 238, pages 655–678, November 2014
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Mawdesley, J. (2014), The harassment of Isaac Allen: puritanism, parochial politics and Prestwich's troubles during the first English civil war. Historical Research, 87: 655–678. doi: 10.1111/1468-2281.12056
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- Article first published online: 12 MAR 2014
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This article traces the politics surrounding the ejection of Isaac Allen as rector of Prestwich in Lancashire during the mid sixteen-forties. The political crises of the late sixteen-thirties and the early sixteen-forties, combined with local difficulties, led to strained relations between Allen, a ‘moderate’ puritan, and some lay puritans within the parish. During the first English civil war, these opponents attempted to secure the rector's removal on the basis of accusations of royalist allegiance. The article examines Allen's reactions to these allegations, as he portrayed himself as a clergyman who craved peace and order.