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Transgressing the Bounds: Subversive Enterprises Among the Puritan Elite in Massachusetts, 1630-1692

Louise A. Breen


This book examines the divisions in Massachusetts over the colony's social and religious boundaries and its relationship to the transatlantic world in the period 1638–92. Central actors are leading men who congregated in the Artillery Company of Massachusetts, an organization that attracted a heterogeneous yet prominent membership – a membership whose diversity and cosmopolitanism contrasted with the social and religious ideals of the cultural majority. Focusing on elite men – not marginalized outsiders – who endeavored to stretch the intellectual and social bounds of orthodoxy, the book demon ... More

Keywords: antinomian controversy, Artillery Company of Massachusetts, cosmopolitanism, declension, localism, orthodoxy, Puritanism

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195138009
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195138007.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise A. Breen, author
Kansas State University
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