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From: linda Merle <>
Subject: Re: Covenanters and Secession Church
Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 20:29:44 -0700
Thanks, Ed. It is very difficult for Americans to get an understanding of what
a state church is like and how one runs "praying societies". It is hard
to get a notion of how a state church "colludes" with the establishment.
This is true whether you are talking about odd Presbyterian sects in
Scotland or dissenters in England (lucky me: I got both!). I recently found
a pleasant way to get a feel for it, which I'll share here with people.
History but it is much better reading than most History.
That's Edward Rutherfurd's book "London". (Fawcett Crest -- available in paper
back everywhere). I had put off reading it because I don't much like London
(it is too big) and I don't have any ancestry there that I know of. However I
love the book. If you dislike English histories that are all about kings,
the book for you. The Londoners were not too fond of them either. It is about
the middle class and lower. Beginning with pre-Roman times, it provides a look
at London families at various points in history. The characters and the drama
help keep it in your mind. His chapters on the Puritan era are very
because it shows the tension between the dissenters and the established
church. You even witness the Mayflower leaving.
And really strangly, my nemesis Sir Hugh Middleton appears again! (Everything
I read seems to have him in it -- and his descendents were on this list at
time <GRIN>) He improved the water supply into London (and transported many
of our ancestors to America -- free of charge <against their will>).