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Record 167

Reading Experience:

' A Jesuit reported on a Puritan meeting in the late 1580s: "Each of them had his own Bible, and sedulously turned the pages and looked up the texts cited by the preachers, discussing the passages among themselves to see whether they had quoted them to the point, and accurately, and in harmony with their tenets. Also, they would start arguing among themselves about the meaning of passages from the Scriptures - men, women, boys, girls, rustics, labourers and idiots..."'
Century: 1500-1599
Date: Between 1585 and 1590
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reading Group:Puritans
Age Unknown
Gender Unknown
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
mixed congregation also reading
Occupation: preacher
Religion: Puritan
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
a congregation of puritans of all ages and both sexes
Additional comments: Preachers reading aloud and Puritan congregation following in own Bibles


Text Being Read:

Title: The Bible
Genre: Bible, Classics, Y
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 167  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 14
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 14,, accessed: 02 February 2023

Additional comments:

See Margaret Spufford, "Small Books and Pleasant Histories" (Athens GA, 1981), pp.30-4



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