Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

John Bruen of Stapleford (1560–1625) and his Biographer

Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire (2017), 166, (1), 7–24.

Abstract

Widely regarded as a notable exemplar of Puritanism in its various dimensions among the gentry and as a model landlord and employer, John Bruen (1560–1625) was celebrated in a biography by the Cheshire clergyman William Hinde published in 1641. Both subject and author are carefully analysed and contextualised in this article. So also is the significant afterlife of a text deemed relevant not only in the troubled decade of the English Civil Wars but even, after its re-issuing and re-packaging in edited form, at the very end of the eighteenth century when a new crisis engulfed the country at home and abroad.

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Richardson, R.C.