Friday, 27 July 2012

New Book on Presbyterian Church in Ulster

While you may have to take out a second mortgage to afford this book, it will have many fascinating insights into the workings of the Presbyterian Church in the province in the mid seventeenth century.  Link to purchase below. 

The minutes of the Antrim ministers’ meetings, 1654–8
Mark S. Sweetnam, editor

These minutes record the business conducted at the regular meetings of
the Presbyterian ministers and elders who formed the leadership of the
predominantly Ulster-Scots community in Antrim. They provide an
unparalleled insight into the concerns and pressures that helped to
shape the identity and inform the practice of that community in a
precarious and difficult period, as they enjoyed a brief period of
toleration under the Cromwellian regime. These minutes are of
outstanding historical value, not least because they are among the
earliest surviving records of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. In
addition, the meetings’ concentration on the details of everyday life
provides us with information that cannot easily be reconstructed from
other sources. The minutes appear here in print for the first time,
with a comprehensive introduction and apparatus.

Mark S. Sweetnam is a research fellow in the School of History at TCD.
He has published widely on literature and theology, with a particular
focus on the early modern period, and on digital humanities.

Hardback.190pp. August 1st 2012
Catalogue Price: €50.00

The link to the book on the Four Courts Press website is:
http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/product.php?intProductID=1070

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