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A examine of the political and non secular principles that contributed to the cave in of the authority of Charles I in 1642, this article aids the old knowing of the factors and nature of the English Civil struggle and demanding situations of the dominant interpretations of the conflict.

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Elsewhere he described the evils of religious faction, which he styled as akin to wounds in the natural body: ‘Therefore it is most necessary that the Church by doctrine and decree; princes by their sword . . damn and send to hell . . 79 Here again we find an articulation of the idea that the stability of the polity was based on religious peace, combined with the proposition that law was integral to the management of ecclesiastical polity. The reality of a church that was established by ‘law’ but claiming connection with the corpus mysticum meant that writers seeking to defend controversial elements of discipline searched more deeply in the records of ecclesiastical history, especially that of the pre-Roman Hebrew and early Christian faiths.

17 The burden facing subsequent defenders of the church was to augment these historical and legal narratives, all the while accounting for how a spiritual institution could also have a foothold in the realm of law and human custom. 19 Finally, the settlement reinforced the ‘public’ nature of the faith, which removed religion from the realm of conscience and shifted it to that of obedience. 20 The Elizabethan settlement also defined additional channels of royal sovereignty in the spiritual realm, especially the punishment of ‘heresy’.

A. Pocock et al. ), The Varieties of British Political Thought, 1500–1800 (Cambridge, 1993), 58–61. ), Conformity and Orthodoxy in the English Church, c. 1560–1660 (Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2000), ix–xx; Peter Lake and David Como, ‘ “Orthodoxy” and its Discontents: Dispute Settlement and the Production of “Consensus” in the London (Puritan) “Underground” ’, JBS, 39 (2000), 34–70. 6 For a discussion of these themes in an earlier context, see Ethan H. Shagan, Popular Politics and the English Reformation (Cambridge, 2003), ch.

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