By David George Mullan
Drawing on a wealthy, but untapped, resource of Scottish autobiographical writing, this e-book offers a desirable perception into the character and quantity of early-modern non secular narratives. Over eighty such own records, together with diaries and autobiographies, manuscript and released, clerical and lay, female and masculine, are tested and put either in the context of seventeenth-century Scotland, and likewise early-modern narratives produced somewhere else. as well as the point of interest on narrative, the research additionally revolves round the idea of conversion, which, whereas an idea recognized in lots of instances and areas, isn't common in its which means, yet has to be understood in the peculiarities of a selected context and the desires of writers situated in a particular culture, the following, Puritanism and evangelical Presbyterianism. those conversions and the narratives which offer a method of articulation draw deeply from the Bible, together with the Psalms and the track of Solomon. The context also needs to comprise an appreciation of the political background, specifically throughout the spiritual persecutions lower than Charles II and James VII, and later the altering and risky stipulations skilled after the arriving of William and Mary on her father's throne. one other an important context in shaping those narratives was once the shape of non secular discourse manifested in sermons and different works of divinity and the paintings seeks to enquire kin among ministers and their listeners. via cautious research of those narratives, viewing them either as person files and as a part of a much broader style, a fuller photo of seventeenth-century existence could be drawn, specially within the context of the family members and private improvement. therefore the publication will be of curiosity to scholars in quite a few parts of research, together with literary, old, and theological contexts. It presents for a better realizing of the motivations at the back of such own expressions of early-modern non secular religion, whose echoes can nonetheless be heard this present day.