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How far did James I satisfy the demands of the Puritans in the years 1604 to 1625?

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How far did James I satisfy the demands of the Puritans in the years 1604 to 1625? (Jan 2010) Puritans thought there were still too many traces of the Old Catholic faith in the Anglican Church; they wanted to see an end to anything that could still be seen as being Catholic, such as bishops and ceremonies. The demands they made during this period sought to come closer to this goal. However, in reality, the demands of Puritans were never fully met. It was always half-hearted compromises. The Millenary Petition presented to James at the start of his rule sought an improvement in clerical standards, and changes in the style of worship - it described the ministers' grievances such as the sign of cross in baptism, the use of clerical vestments, the lack of sermons and preaching, bowing at the name of Jesus, the existence of 'popish opinion' within the church, and so on. ...read more.


Ministers had to accept the king as head of the Church and accept that the Book of Common Prayer contained nothing contrary to the word of God - they could not accept this as they felt that there were too many 'popish' elements in the Prayer Book. As a result, around ninety clergy refused to conform to the canons of July 1604, and were deprived of their livings. Post-Hampton Court Conference marked a whole new era of hope for Puritan activists, as Archbishop Abbot who allowed a certain degree of toleration for moderate Puritans replaced Bancroft 1611, which meant Puritans had a much easier life. He was more anxious to prevent more extreme Puritans leaving the church and setting up independent congregations. ...read more.


The Articles of Perth aimed to create uniformity between the English and Scottish churches - this meant the introduction of ceremonial practices such as kneeling to receive communion, but were so unpopular that they were not fully enforced. Plans to introduce a new Prayer Book, drawn up in 1619, were quietly shelved. Taking this all into account, James did not manage to satisfy the demands of Puritans. He held a conference acknowledging the grievances of Puritans, but brought about not meaningful changes, and following this, Bancroft's canons had soured what little hope Puritans had left. Though Bancroft was replaced by Abbot, Puritans had not gained much except for the departure of an Archbishop determined to enforce discipline in the Church. By 1621, there were three Arminian bishops, this was definitely not something which Puritans had welcomed, nor were the religious policies in Scotland which were far too episcopal for the Puritans. ...read more.

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