Date of Award

Fall 1984

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Robert S. DuPlessis


This thesis looks at the increase in religious animosity in the seventeenth century when the Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud launched a campaign against the Puritan movement. Gregory attempts to capture the reasons Laud’s pressure on the Puritans to conform was so ineffective. He considers Laud’s policies, Church conditions, and Puritan culture as he assesses Laud’s lack of political realism. He approaches this through careful examination of both primary and secondary sources of scholarship that analyzes Laud’s life and the position of the church at the time.