History of the English Puritans

Political

Queen Elizabeth I

1533 - 1603

King James I

1603 - 1625

King Charles I

1625 - 1640

Oliver Cromwell

1653 - 1658

"To avoid political gridlock, Cromwell dissolved Parliament in 1653 and ruled the country as Lord Protector until his death in 1658."

Charles II

1660 - 1685

Significant Events

Acts of Uniformity

1559 - 1562

The Term 'Puritan' First Used

1560 - 1570

"The term 'Puritan' was first used in the 1560s of those English Protestants who considered the Reforms under Queen Elizabeth incomplete and called for further 'purification'" (Beeke and Pederson, xv)

Acts Against Puritans 1593

1593

William Ames Leaves for the Netherlands

1610

William Laud Appointed Bishop of London

1628

First Puritan Exodus to Massachusetts

1630

"John Winthrop leads the first great Puritan exodus to Massachusetts aboard the 'Arbella'... as part of a seven ship flotilla. During the next decade, some of the most esteemed preachers in England, incluing JOhn Cotton, Thomas Hooker, and Thomas Shepard joined 13,000 emigrants who sailed to New England."

William Laud Appointed Archbishop of Canterbury

1633

English Civil War

1642 - 1648

Archbishop William Laud Beheaded

January 10,1645

Charles I Executed

January 30, 1649

Cromwell Dissolves Parliament

1653

Act of Uniformity 1662

1662 - 1689

Conventicle Act of 1664

1664 - 1689

Five Mile Act

1665 - 1689

The Five Mile Act prohibited ejected ministers from coming within five miles of their former parishes or any city or town.

The Great Plague of London

1665 - 1666

Act of Toleration

1689

The Life and Times of Famous Puritans

William Perkins

1558 - 1602

William Ames

1576 - 1633

Richard Sibbes

1577 - 1635

Oliver Cromwell

1599 - 1658

Jeremiah Burroughs

1600 - 1646

Thomas Goodwin

1600 - 1679

Thomas Brooks

1608 - 1680

Richard Baxter

1615 - 1691

John Owen

1616 - 1683

Thomas Watson

1620 - 1686

John Flavel

1628 - 1691

John Bunyan

1628 - 1688

John Howe

1630 - 1705

Matthew Henry

1662 - 1714