Rowell 1992

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Rowell, Geoffrey, ed. The English Religious Tradition and the Genius of Anglicanism. Oxford: IKON, 1992.

George Herbert's The Temple; The Genius of Anglicanism and the Inspiration for Poetry, by Elizabeth Clarke (127-144)

The Temple -- Charles I's prison reading, up to his execution (127)

The Temple -- used the same way as Scriptures throughout the seventeenth century (129); often descriped as a book of contemporary Psalms, with Herbert as Psalmist (132)

"parallels between Herbert and Ferrar's lives have been exaggerated" but they shared an "extremely close relationship" (133)

altar at Leighton Bromswold -- a communion table moved up and down the chancel, as in Elizabethan church practice; two pairs of pulpits, one a reading desk

  • "The symbolism is obvious: Herbert and Ferarr waanted to show the equal status of prayer and preaching in the liturgy." (134)
  • stance shows a third position independence of Laud's suspicion of preaching and Puritans' insistence on its primacy
"The vision of the family at Little Gidding seems to have included the attempt to supply the lack of devotional literature available to English Christians in the first part of the seventeenth century." (136) -- Ferrar's translations, etc.