Literature of the English Revolution Political Sermons Of The English Revolution - Essay

Political Sermons Of The English Revolution

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Godfrey Davies (essay date 1939)

SOURCE: "English Political Sermons, 1603-1640," in The Huntington Library Quarterly, No. 1, October, 1939, pp. 1-22.

[In the following essay, Davies examines the role played by English political sermons in forming public opinion about the country's government, and studies the "highly significant attempt by the crown to control pulpit utterances."]

How many sermons were preached throughout the length and breadth of England and Wales during the first forty years of the seventeenth century is utterly unknown, and any estimate must be pure guesswork. Even at the meager allowance of one sermon per parish per...

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