Henry Burton: A Narration of the Life of Mr. Henry Burton

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Published in 1643, the Narration was an attempt by Henry Burton, a leading Congregational Minister in 1640s London, to give his life and actions a context in which the reader could place his “martyrdom” and exile in 1637. The Narration went back to Burton’s childhood and early adulthood and explained the process whereby Burton had begun the development of his religious identity and the origins of his opposition to the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud. The Narration also reminded the readers of his history of standing firm against “Papism” and the religious errors that had started in the 1620s. The culmination of his opposition, according to Burton, was his infamous Gunpowder …

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Rowlstone, Stephen. "A Narration of the Life of Mr. Henry Burton". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 September 2008
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