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Cromwell's NavyThe Fleet and the English Revolution 1648–1660$
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Bernard Capp

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201151.001.0001

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Saints Afloat? Religion in the Fleet

Saints Afloat? Religion in the Fleet

(p.293) 9 Saints Afloat? Religion in the Fleet
Cromwell's Navy

Bernard Capp

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes religion in the navy, focusing on the growth of Puritans among the officer corps. Many of the leaders of the new officer corps created after 1649 were men of strong and radical religious outlook. At the very highest level, two of the first three Generals at Sea, Blake and Deane, were firm Puritans. Puritanism in the fleet had parallels in the administration ashore. Religious radicals were prominent among the Admiralty Commissioners appointed. Senior appointments in the navy reflected the wishes of the flag-officers and Admiralty Commissioners, who naturally favoured men with views akin to their own. Between 1649 and the end of 1653, religious commitment was a very important criterion in selection officers.

Keywords:   religion, navy, Puritans, Blake, Deane, Puritanism, Admiralty Commissioners, religious commitment

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