The Times and Trials of Anne Hutchinson: Puritans Divided

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Anne Hutchinson was perhaps the most famous Englishwoman in colonial American history, viewed in later centuries as a crusader for religious liberty and a prototypical feminist. Michael Winship, author of the highly acclaimed "Making Heretics, Provides a startlingly new and fresh account of her of1-told tale, disentangling what really happened from the legends that have misrepresented her for so long. During the 1630s, religious controversies drove a wedge into the puritan communities of Massachusetts. Anne Hutchinson and other members began to speak out against mainstream doctrine, while ministers like John Cotton argued for personal discovery of salvation. The puritan fathers viewed these activities as a direct and dangerous threat to the status quo and engaged in a fierce and finally successful fight against them. refusing to disavow her beliefs. Hutchinson was put on trial twice-"first for slandering the colony's ministers, then for slandering the colony's ministers, then for heresy-"and banished from the colony. Combing archives for neglected manuscripts and ancient books for obscure reference, Winship gives new voice to other characters in the drama whose significance has not previously been understood. Here are Thomas Shepard, a militant heresy hunter who vigorously pursued both Cotton and Hutchinson; Thomas Dudley, the most important leader in Massachusetts after Governor John Winthroup; Henry Vane. A well-connected supporter of radical theology: and John supporter of radical theology: and John wheelwright, a bellicose minister who was a lightning rod for the frustrations of other dissidents. Winship also analyzes the political struggle that almost destroyed the colony andplaces Hutchinson's trials within the context of this turmoil. As Winship shows, although the trials of Anne Hutchinson and her allies were used ostensible to protect Massachusetts' Christian society, they instead nearly tore it apart. His concise, fast-moving, and up-to-date ac

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Autor: Michael P. Winship
ISBN-13 :: 9780700613809
ISBN: 0700613803
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.05.2005
Gewicht: 240g
Seiten: 168
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 220x140x14 mm
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