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Ecclesiastical HISTORY OF ENGLAND.

VOLUME I,

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

In one volume, crown 8vo. Church and State Two Hundred Years Ago : Being a History of Ecclesiastical Affairs from 1660 to 1663.

“A volume that, regarded from every point of view, we can approve-contains proof of independent research and cautious industry. The temper of the book is generous and impartial throughout.”- Atheneum.

“Mr. Stoughton's is the best history of the ejection of the Puritans that has yet been written.”-North British Review.

“The thanks, not only of the Nonconforming community, but of all who are interested in the religious history of our country, are due to Mr. Stoughton for the ability, the impartiality, the fidelity, and the Christian spirit with which he has pictured Church and State two hundred years ago.”Patriot.

In crown 8vo., cloth. Ages of Christendom: Before the Reformation,

“We know not where to find, within so brief a space, so intelligent a clue to the labyrinth of Church History before the Reformation."-British Quarterly Review.

LONDON : JACKSON, WALFORD, & HODDER,

27, PATERNOSTER Row.

HISTORY OF ENGLAND,

FROM THE OPENING OF THE LONG PARLIAMENT TO THE

DEATH OF OLIVER CROMWELL.

JOHN STOUGHTON.

VOLUME I.
THE CHURCH OF THE CIVIL WARS.

London:
JACKSON, WALFORD, AND HODDER,

27, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C.

MDCOOLXVII.

A : io. 4,5

UNWIN BROTHERS, GRESIAM STEAM PRESS, BUCKLERSBURS, LONDON, E.C.

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ENGLISH literature includes valuable histories of the Church, some of them prominently exhibiting whatever relates to Anglicanism, others almost exclusively describing the developments of Puritanism. In such works the ecclesiastical events of the Civil Wars and of the Commonwealth may be found described with considerable, but not with sufficient fulness. Many persons wish to know more respecting those times. The book now published is designed to meet this wish, by telling the ecclesiastical part of England's story at that eventful period with less of incompleteness. In doing so, the object is not to give prominence to any single ecclesiastical party to the disadvantage of others in that respect; but to point out the circumstances of all, and the spirit of each, to trace their mutual relations, and to indicate the influence which they exerted upon one another. The study of original authorities, researches amongst State Papers and other MS. collections, together with enquiries pursued by the aid

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