Black Bartholomew's Day

Preaching, polemic and Restoration nonconformity

By David Appleby

Black Bartholomew's Day

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9680-6
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2013
  • BIC Category: Early Modern History, Religion, History, United Kingdom, Great Britain, History of religion, History & Archaeology, European history, c 1500 onwards to present day, HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Humanities / History of religion, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
  • Series: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain


Black Bartholomew's Day explores the religious, political and cultural implications of a collision of highly-charged polemic prompted by the mass ejection of Puritan ministers from the Church of England in 1662.

It is the first in-depth study of this heated exchange, centres centring on the departing ministers' farewell sermons. Many of these valedictions, delivered by hundreds of dissenting preachers in the weeks before Bartholomew's Day, would be illegally printed and widely distributed, provoking a furious response from government officials, magistrates and bishops. Black Bartholomew's Day re-interprets the political significance of ostensibly moderate Puritan clergy, arguing that their preaching posed a credible threat to the restored political order

This book is aimed at readers interested in historicism, religion, nonconformity, print culture and the political potential of preaching in Restoration England.



Richard L. Greaves Award by the International John Bunyan Society


1. The context of Restoration nonconformity
2. Preaching, audience and authority
3. Scripture, historicism and the critique of authority
4. The public circulation of the Bartholomean texts
5. Polemical responses to Bartholomean preaching
6. Epilogue
7. Conclusion


David J. Appleby is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Nottingham

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