Puritanism, whose adherents were known as Puritans, was a radical Protestant movement that emerged in England in the middle of the 16th century in opposition to what was considered undue Catholic influence in the Church of England. Puritan ideas and activities, particularly their resistance to the Crown and the official religion it upheld, made an enduring impact on English and American culture.

Puritans in England

The rise of Puritanism was preceded by England's break from the Catholic Church and the establishment of an independent national church. These developments coincided with the ...

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