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By Ann Hughes

this can be the 1st accomplished research of Gangraena, an intemperate anti-sectarian polemic written by means of a London Presbyterian Thomas Edwards and released in 3 elements in 1646. those books, which bitterly hostile any strikes to non secular toleration, have been the main infamous and greatly debated texts in a Revolution during which print used to be an important to political moblization. they've been both vital to later students who've persevered the vigorous debate over the
value of Gangraena as a resource for the information and hobbies its writer condemned. This research incorporates a thorough evaluation of the usefulness of Edwards's paintings as a ancient resource, yet is going past this to supply a wide-ranging dialogue of the significance of Gangraena in its personal correct as a full of life paintings of
propaganda, an important to Presbyterian campaigning within the mid-1640s.

Contemporary and later readings of this advanced textual content are traced via numerous equipment, literary and historic, with discussions of published responses, annotations and quotation. Hughes's paintings therefore offers a bright and convincing photograph of innovative London and a reappraisal of the character of 1640s Presbyterianism, too usually pushed aside as conservative. Drawing at the more recent histories of the ebook and of interpreting, Hughes explores the impact of Edwards's distasteful yet compelling
book.

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