Gangraena and the Struggle for the English Revolution

Hardcover | September 23, 2004

byAnn Hughes

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This is the first comprehensive study of Gangraena, an intemperate anti-sectarian polemic written by a London Presbyterian Thomas Edwards and published in three parts in 1646. These books, which bitterly opposed any moves to religious toleration, were the most notorious and widely debatedtexts in a Revolution in which print was crucial to political moblization. They have been equally important to later scholars who have continued the lively debate over the value of Gangraena as a source for the ideas and movements its author condemned. This study includes a thorough assessment ofthe usefulness of Edwards's work as a historical source, but goes beyond this to provide a wide-ranging discussion of the importance of Gangraena in its own right as a lively work of propaganda, crucial to Presbyterian campaigning in the mid-1640s. Contemporary and later readings of this complex text are traced through a variety of methods, literary and historical, with discussions of printed responses, annotations and citation. Hughes's work thus provides a vivid and convincing picture of revolutionary London and a reappraisal of the natureof 1640s Presbyterianism, too often dismissed as conservative. Drawing on the newer histories of the book and of reading, Hughes explores the influence of Edwards's distasteful but compelling book.

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This is the first comprehensive study of Gangraena, an intemperate anti-sectarian polemic written by a London Presbyterian Thomas Edwards and published in three parts in 1646. These books, which bitterly opposed any moves to religious toleration, were the most notorious and widely debatedtexts in a Revolution in which print was crucial...

Ann Hughes is a Professor of Early Modern History, University of Keele.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.25 inPublished:September 23, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199251924

ISBN - 13:9780199251926

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Table of Contents

1. Introductions2. Gangraena as Heresiography3. 'Like a universal leprosie over-spread this whole kingdom': City and Provinces in Gangreana4. 'Books lately printed': Gangraena and the World of Print5. Edwards, Gangreana, and Presbyterian Mobilisation6. ConclusionsBibliography

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`There is much in this admirably researched book to interest a variety of readers.'Ann Hughes, University of Teele.