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Providence in Early Modern England
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Providence in Early Modern England

Alexandra Walsham


This is a study of the 16th- and 17th-century belief that God actively intervened in human affairs to punish, reward, warn, try, and chastise. Providentialism has often been seen as a distinctive hallmark of puritan piety. However, the book argues that it was a cluster of assumptions which penetrated every sector of English society, cutting across the boundaries created by status and creed, education and wealth. It explores a range of dramatic events and puzzling phenomena in which contemporaries detected the divine finger at work: tragic accidents and sudden deaths, strange sights and mysteri ... More

Keywords: God, providentialism, Protestant nationhood, civil wars, English Reformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208877
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Walsham, author
University of Exeter
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