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Cromwell and Scotland

by R.Scott Spurlock


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ISBN: 9781904607779
Published: 27 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
Extent: 280
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
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About the Book

This study seeks to restore the causal role of religion to its proper place in the story of Oliver Cromwell's invasion and subsequent occupation of Scotland. Through analysis of the polemical tracts produced by both the Scots and the English it becomes apparent that both nations defined their positions in overtly religious terms and heralded support for their causes as right religion. The religious motivations of the English Commonwealth carried over into the policies of their decade-long occupation of Scotland, during which times regimes actively sought to undermine Scottish Presbyterianism and diminish its influence over the Scottish people.Policies of the Scottish Kirk and State in the previous decade had ostracized a significant portion of the Scottish populace. Therefore, English missionaries found among the Scots individuals eager to hear alternative forms of Protestantism preached. Dispelling myths that the sectarian presence had little intention of impact upon Scottish religion, this book charts the proselytizing endeavors of the Independents, Baptists and Quakers, while seeking to explain their varying degrees of success.

The Author

R.Scott Spurlock

Roy Scott Spurlock was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He studied at George Fox University, where he gained a BA in Religion. At the University of Edinburgh, he completed an MTh in History of Theology and Christian Doctrine, followed by an MSc and a PhD in Ecclesiastical History. He is now postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the University of Edinburgh.