Early versions of chapters 1 and 2 appeared as “The Caroline Church Heroic: The Reconstruction of Epic Religion in Three SeventeenthCentury Communities, ” Renaissance Quarterly 50 (1997), 771–818. An early version of chapter 3 was published as “Liturgy and Dreams in Seventeenth-Century England, ” Modern Philology 88 (1991), 227–42. I am grateful to the editors of these journals for permission to reuse this material.
The date of the earlier article, 1991, reminds me that I have been working on this book for ten years. Given the challenges presented by the material and by my own (often dull-witted) struggles over method and argument, I have been fortunate in the gifts of advice and encouragement from a number of friends and colleagues: Amy Dudley, Ellie Ferguson, Ian Finseth, Darryl Gless, Vicky Gless, John Headley, Christopher Hodgkins, Richard Kroll, Belinda McFee, Michael McFee, David Norbrook, Lalla Pagano, Kendrick Prewitt, and Victoria Silver. At Cambridge University Press, Ray Ryan has proved a wonderful editor– direct, talented, and kind.
In June 2000, I married a great woman and brilliant scholar named Jessica Wolfe. Our home boasts no “polished pillars, or a roof of gold, ” but it is a happy dwelling for us and for our little ones, two dachshunds. The greatest fortune of our estate is the pattern we have studied in our parents.
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Publication information: Book title: Literature and Religious Culture in Seventeenth-Century England. Contributors: Reid Barbour - Author. Publisher: Cambridge University Press. Place of publication: Cambridge, England. Publication year: 2002. Page number: viii.
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