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ISBN: 0300059906 / ISBN-13: 9780300059908

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

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  • Fire from Heaven: Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century (Yale University Press) – Trade paperback (1994)
    by David Underdown

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

    Trade paperback, Yale University Press
    1994
    English
    322 pages

    ISBN: 0300059906
    ISBN-13: 9780300059908

    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 ... Show more

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