Bunyan, John: The Trial Of John Bunyan And the Persecution of the Puritans.

Bunyan, John - The Trial Of John Bunyan And the Persecution of the Puritans. Folio Society 1st, 1978, 1st thus.

The Puritans were persecuted pitilessly in Bngland in the aftermath of the Civil War; partly because of their rejection (shared with The Levellers) of hierarchy and authority, partly because of their generally humble class origin. In 1662, The Act of Uniformity was passed. Not only did it require 'unfeigned assent and consent' to the contents of the Book of Common Prayer, it specifically forbade anyone not officially ordained to preach at all. It was a stunning blow for pious nonconformists such as Bunyan, with their passionate dislike of ritual forms of worship. The discomfort and danger in continuing to do what the spirit told them they must was very real. They were hounded by McCarthyite informers, their meetings were broken up, and they suffered the full weight of a none too scrupulous law. Their courage and simple faith are well illustrated in this moving book which includes Bunyan's famous account of his trial and cross-examination and also the striking narrative left by a young girl called Agnes Beaumont who was ostracised by her family for attending Bunyan's meetings, turned out into the winter fields to starve, and finally accused of witchcraft by her own father (a 'guilty' verdict, which she narrowly escaped, would have brought a painful death). (Folio Society).

8¼" x 5½", 200pp plus 10 plates, quarter brown leather blocked in blind, pale wood veneer sides, gold blocked spine lettering and decoration, hardback. Text printed on laid paper, illustrations on wove. Illustrated with contemporary engravings and woodcuts in monochrome. One of the Society's very attractive wood vaneer bindings.

Very slight wear to art-leather; otherwise fine, probably unread; complete with fine slip-case; still has its sign-up a new member post-card.

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