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Thomas FullerDiscovering England's Religious Past$
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W. B. Patterson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198793700

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198793700.001.0001

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Scholar and Controversialist

Scholar and Controversialist

Seeking Order amidst Radical Change

(p.129) 4 Scholar and Controversialist
Thomas Fuller

W. B. Patterson

Oxford University Press

Fuller faced an uncertain future on his return to London in the wake of the royalist collapse. Friends assisted him, and he found convenient lodging at Sion College. In 1648 he was appointed minister of Waltham Abbey by James Hay, earl of Carlisle, the church’s patron. Fuller published a major work on the history and geography of the Holy Land, a collection of biographies of Protestant divines, and an edition of the debates in Parliament in 1628-9. He lamented the trial and execution of King Charles in a published sermon. He also defended in print practices of the Church that had been abolished or were being undermined by the ecclesiastical changes of the late 1640s and 1650s, especially under Oliver Cromwell. In this environment he published his major work, The Church-History of Britain (1655), in part to stimulate the nation’s memory of its religious heritage.

Keywords:   Royalist collapse, Sion College, trial and execution of Charles I, geography of the Holy Land, records of the Parliament of 1628–9, controversialist, The Church-History of Britain

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