[Milton-L] Self-referencing by Puritans?
Daniel W. Doerksen
dwd at unb.ca
Tue Nov 13 18:25:46 EST 2007
William Bradshaw, a puritan, published English Pvritanisme in
1605, ironically using the term and implicitly accepting that it applied
to himself and others of presbyterian views. I recommend the first chapter
of Christopher Hill's Society and Puritanism in Pre-Revolutionary England
for an enlightening look at what the term could mean in early
seventeenth-century England. Hill notes that John Donne the preacher was
willing to call himself a puritan, according to some definitions. Francis
Bacon similarly revealed a favorable opinion of many "honest religious men
. . . traduced by that name."
At 12:56 PM 11/13/2007, you wrote:
>You see occaisional uses of the term "puritan," Malvolio is called "a kind
>of puritan" in Twelfth Night, but I don't know of any example of them
>calling themselves that. They usually called themselves saints,
>Christians, or "the godly." David Lowenstein uses "the godly" as a
>collective term rather than "puritans."
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Christopher Baker <Christopher.Baker at armstrong.edu>
>Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 12:12 pm
>Subject: [Milton-L] Self-referencing by Puritans?
>To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
> > Did the Puritans ever refer to themselves by that name? The OED does
> > not so indicate, and since the term was mostly pejorative (aside from
> > other, more positive terms they used such as "saints") I would be
> > interested in an early modern source example if one exists. This
> > question came from a student.
> > Thanks,
> > Chris Baker
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