Revelation Restored: The Apocalypse in Later Seventeenth-Century England

Revelation Restored: The Apocalypse in Later Seventeenth-Century England

Warren Johnston

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Overview

An analysis of the nature of apocalyptic and millennial beliefs that reveals concerns prominent in England in the early seventeenth century had not abated after 1660.
Revelation Restored is a study of apocalyptic thought in the later seventeenth century in England. It explores an under-examined aspect of early modern British history: despite the prominence of millenarian beliefs in historians' explanations of the early modern English church and state up to 1660, little has been said about these convictions in the years following the Restoration. The examination of applications of prophetic language and interpretation to explain the events in England from 1660 to 1700 illustrates their continued capacity to comprehend ecclesiastical and political developments.
The book demonstrates that, far from having disappeared from the intellectual landscape, apocalyptic ideas still held the potential to animate opinions in the mainstream of political debate in the later seventeenth century. These responses were outlets both for demonstrations of dissent and for endorsements of authorised powers in response to crises in authority and efforts at religious settlement. In addition, this book contends that any strict periodization that segregates the concerns of early seventeenth-century England from those of the later seventeenth century has been too sharply drawn. Analysis of the nature of apocalyptic and millennial beliefs reveals that the concerns prominent in England in the early seventeenth century had not abated after 1660.

WARREN JOHNSTON is an Assistant Professor at Algoma University in Ontario, Canada.

Details

August 2011
12 black and white illustrations
316 pages
23.4x15.3 cm
Studies in Modern British Religious History
ISBN: 9781843836131
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HRCC9, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3JD
BISAC REL033000, REL040030, HIS015000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Conventions in Restoration apocalyptic interpretation
The apocalypse, radicalism, and reaction in the early Restoration
The apocalypse and moderate nonconformity
The Anglican apocalypse
The Popish Plot and apocalyptic expectation
Apocalyptic thought and the Revolution of 1688-89
Conclusion: the apocalypse to 1700

Reviews

A significant new contribution to the historiography of the Restoration period, and of English eschatological thought more generally. ANNUAL BULLETIN OF HISTORICAL LITERATURE

(A) detailed and worthy study. SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY NEWS

Exhaustive and persuasive. ARCHIVES

A very informative book (that) provides a gold mine of texts and analyses of their meanings. RELIGIOUS STUDIES REVIEW

A convincing, engaging and meticulously researched study. (...) It admirably fills a significant gap in early modern scholarship. BAPTIST QUARTERLY, vol. 45, July 2013

A very good book. (...) Not only an important contribution to a vibrant debate but a welcome historiographical bridge, enabling students to assess the continuities and discontinuities of eighteenth-century English apocalypticism with those of the entire seventeenth century. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

An admirably balanced and comprehensive survey of apocalyptic thought. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

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