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Strains Of Worship: The Huguenots And Non-Conformity

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The Huguenots who came to Britain in the 1680s and 1690s were religious refugees. To remain undisturbed in their homeland, they had simply to sign a statement abjuring the errors of John Calvin. This chapter analyses three early cases where conforming congregations ran into difficulties. It shows that while there were many practical advantages for the refugees in conforming, their memory of their French roots was often too vivid to allow it, so that there is an unmistakable movement back towards non-conformity when opportunity permitted. The chapter finally examines the variety of opinion and practice cloaked by the word 'conformity', noting how the problematic relationship of conformity and non-conformity was not confined to England and extended well into the eighteenth century.

Keywords: Britain; eighteenth century; England; Huguenots; John Calvin; non-conformity



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