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Black Bartholomew's DayPreaching, Polemic and Restoration Nonconformity$
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David J. Appleby

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719075612

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719075612.001.0001

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(p.218) Chapter 7 Conclusion
Black Bartholomew's Day

David J. Appleby

Manchester University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the farewell sermons of the Bartholomean clergy. The farewell sermons demonstrate the extent to which religion remained a central consideration in the conduct of post-Restoration politics. This study has challenged several received wisdoms regarding the Restoration religious settlement and the origins of organised Dissent, as well as the simplistic preconception that historical significance must be imbued in structural change rather than language. The re-evaluation of the farewell sermons has also highlighted how much more we need to find out about the religio-political culture of Restoration communities, and particularly about the interaction between the centre and provinces with regard to the creation, reception and implementation of the Act of Uniformity.

Keywords:   farewell sermons, Bartholomean clergy, religion, post-Restoration politics, organised Dissent, religio-political culture, Act of Uniformity

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