The Diary of Thomas Larkham, 1647-1669

November 2011
12 black and white illustrations
440 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Church of England Record Society
ISBN: 9781843837053
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC BIO018000, HIS037040, REL003000

The Diary of Thomas Larkham, 1647-1669

Edited by Susan Hardman Moore

This volume provides a rich new resource for exploring religion and daily life in Interregnum and Restoration England.
Thomas Larkham kept his 'diary' - an account book with spiritual musings and autobiographical notes - throughout his time as Vicar of Tavistock, Devon, and on into his days as a nonconformist apothecary in the town. Only fragments have appeared in print before. This edition provides a new resource for exploring religion and daily life in Interregnum and Restoration England.
Larkham's life captures the twists and turns a clerical career could take in the 17th century. He went to New England in the 1630s, then came back and joined the Parliamentary army. As Vicar of Tavistock in the 1650s, he took a controversial path. He preached to the parish at large but restricted baptism and communion to an ever smaller circle. Local resentment erupted in a no-holds-barred pamphlet war. A watershed came in 1660. Larkham scored a thick black line in his diary under these words: 'The Lords day Oct. 21. I left mine imployment of preaching in feare & upon demand of the Patron'. The entries that follow show how his fortunes changed as a result - prisoner, fugitive preacher, Tavistock apothecary.
The diary illuminates the private side of a turbulent public life. It is intriguing both for what it includes and for what has to be read between the lines. The edition also includes two rare tracts - Naboth and Judas hanging himselfe - from the vociferous debate his activities provoked. A substantial introduction sets Larkham and his diary in context.

SUSAN HARDMAN MOORE is Senior Lecturer in Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

The diary of Thomas Larkham, 1647-1669
Naboth, in a narrative and complaint of the church of God ... at Tavistock in Devon [London, 1657]
Judas hanging himselfe: or Naboths false accuser intangled in his own testimony. Set forth in a rejoinder of the church of Christ in Tavistock, to a scurrilous pamphlet published lately by N. W. &c. [London, 1658]
Appendix 1. Gifts and sales of The wedding-supper [London, 1652]
Appendix 2. Gifts and sales of The attributes of God [London, 1656]
Appendix 3. Apothecary shop accounts, 1664-1666


With its excellent archival material, this remains a useful addition to the historiography of the period in its own right. SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY NEWS

Will be a marvellous new source for researchers into the provincial life and controversies during this crucial period. CONTEMPORARY REVIEW

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