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Fire from Heaven: Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century

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Dorchester-the west-country town immortalized by Thomas Hardy as Casterbridge-was two hundred years before Hardy's time the most fervently religious town in England. The catalyst that turned a provincial backwater into a "godly community" was a great fire in 1613 that devastated much of the town and enabled the new pastor, John White, to lead the town in a kind of spiritual mass conversion that lasted for fifty years. In this book David Underdown describes the transformation of Dorchester, placing it in the context of ...

Fire from Heaven: Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century 2003, Pimlico, London

ISBN-13: 9780712609159

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Fire from Heaven: Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century 1994, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300059908

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Fire from Heaven: Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century 1992, Yale University Press

ISBN-13: 9780300052688

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