The Glorious Rising of the Fifth Monarch: Debates on Church, State and Society between the Fifth Monarchists and their Opponents

Nicholas Oswald

Abstract


In examining the writings of the Fifth Monarchists and their opponents, one gains a window into the fierce ideological controversy of mid-17th century Britain. Though they defy easy generalisations, the Fifth Monarchists were able to craft a coherent political theology that put godly rule over what they considered an illegitimate and ungodly government. This essay aims to further understanding of the political and religious doctrines which inspired many English men and women with the hope of the imminent coming of King Jesus.

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