24. The Cambridgeshire Committee for Scandalous Ministers 1644-45. Edited by Graham Hart
A unique source for relationships within many parishes which complained of their ministers and sought their removal, graphically illustrating the pressures that had built up before and during the First Civil War.
Between March 1644 and January 1645 a Committee appointed by Parliament sat in Cambridge to hear complaints, largely from parishioners, against 'scandalous' or 'malignant' ministers in the county. Twenty-nine ministers were accused and all were subsequently ejected from their livings.
The Committee book, published here for the first time, is a unique source for the relationships and tensions within the parishes concerned. The testimony graphically illustrates the pressures which had built up within the Church at a parish level in the years before and during the first Civil War (1642-46).
Thsi edition is provided with a scene-setting introduction on the national context of the Committee's work, and extensive additional information on each of the parishes and individuals concerned.
ISBN: 978 0 904323 26 9
Price: £ 22.50
164 pages ; preface, abbreviations, notes and editorial conventions, introduction, The Book of the Cambridge Committee, Appendix A : notes on ministers, parishes and deponents, Appendix B : membership of the Cambridgeshire Committee, Bibliography, Indexes
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After retiring from a career in the civil service, Graham Hart obtained a PhD in history at the University of Essex. He continues his work on seventeenth-century Church history as an Honorary Research Fellow of the History Department, University of Kent.