‘The politics of the chancel screen: Samuel Moore, Slaidburn, and the parochial dynamics of Laudianism’

James Mawdesley, Christopher Spencer

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    Abstract

    The 1630s was a decade of dramatic and often controversial change within the Church of England, as innovatory standards of ceremonial conformity and for the maintenance and appearance of church buildings were imposed upon the Church. This article will examine the imposition of so-called Laudian policies in the Yorkshire parish of Slaidburn. Despite a growing interest in Laudianism amongst historians in recent decades, little work has attempted to explore the dynamics of Laudianism in one parish. The unusual variety of sources which survive relating to Slaidburn during this period provides a rare opportunity to explore the circumstances in which Laudian enforcement was enacted. Central to these responses was the rector, Samuel Moore, a somewhat isolated figure within the parish. This article will suggest that beyond the high polemics which buttressed Laudianism, practical considerations may have prompted a willing clerical constituency for Laudian ideas of ministry and of proper worship.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThe Seventeenth Century
    Volume29
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

    Keywords

    • Laudianism
    • William Laud
    • Richard Neile
    • ministry
    • conformity
    • Diocese of York

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