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Bremer, Francis J.

Works: 77 works in 249 publications in 3 languages and 16,749 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography  Encyclopedias  Bibliography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer, Correspondent, Contributor, Cartographer, Recipient
Classifications: F7, B
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Most widely held works by Francis J Bremer
The puritan experiment : New England society from Bradford to Edwards by Francis J Bremer( )

33 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 3,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The comprehensive history of a system of faith that shaped the nation
John Winthrop : America's forgotten founding father by Francis J Bremer( )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a biography of John Winthrop. Winthrop (1588-1649) obtained a royal charter, along with other wealthy Puritans, from King Charles I for the Massachusetts Bay Company and led a group of English Puritans to the New World in 1630. The author chronicles Winthrop's early life, showing how his first four decades in England shaped his views and actions as the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The author focuses on Winthrop's youthful spiritual struggles, carefully recorded in a journal, including his early decision to pursue a religious vocation and his sudden, unexplained decision to give that up to marry his first wife when he was only 17. After he gained the respect of his peers as an even-handed magistrate, he was elected governor of the new Massachusetts Bay Colony, where for eight years he governed with a judicious hand, mediating in religious and political feuds, including the expulsions of Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson for their dissenting views. The author uses previously unavailable materials in the Winthrop archives to vividly recreate the religious and political reform movements in early 17th-century England
Puritanism : a very short introduction by Francis J Bremer( )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 2,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written by a leading expert on the Puritans, this brief, informative volume offers a wealth of background on this key religious movement. This book traces the shaping, triumph, and decline of the Puritan world, while also examining the role of religion in the shaping of American society and the role of the Puritan legacy in American history. It also examines the effort of Puritans who left England to establish a godly kingdom in America. Bremer examines puritan theology, views on family and community, their beliefs about the proper relationship between religion and public life, the limits of toleration, the balance between individual rights and one's obligation to others, and the extent to which public character should be shaped by private religious belief
First founders : American Puritans and Puritanism in an Atlantic world by Francis J Bremer( )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of biographies, Bremer brings a varied and dynamic group of characters who continue to guide and influence America today. With its cast of magistrates, women, clergy, merchants, and Native Americans, First Founders underscores the breadth of early American experience and the transatlantic roots of our country's forebears. --from publisher description
Puritans and Puritanism in Europe and America : a comprehensive encyclopedia by Tom Webster( )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This exhaustive treatment of the Puritan movement covers its doctrines, its people, its effects on politics and culture, and its enduring legacy in modern Britain and America
John Winthrop : biography as history by Francis J Bremer( )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Winthrop (1588-1649) was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and is generally considered the principal architect of early New England society. He led the colonists through the initial struggles to survive in a new world, shaped the political organizations that gave the colonists the right to govern themselves through elected governors and representatives, worked to mediate between those who advanced radical religious and political ideas on the one hand and those who sought a very narrowly defined orthodoxy, and contributed to the development of a system of education which i
Puritan New England : essays on religion, society, and culture by Alden T Vaughan( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Building a new Jerusalem : John Davenport, a Puritan in three worlds by Francis J Bremer( )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Davenport, who cofounded the colony of New Haven, has been neglected in studies that view early New England primarily from a Massachusetts viewpoint. Francis J. Bremer restores the clergyman to importance by examining Davenport's crucial role as an advocate for religious reform in England and the Netherlands before his emigration, his engagement with an international community of scholars and clergy, and his significant contributions to colonial America. Bremer shows that he was in many ways a remarkably progressive leader for his time, with a strong commitment to education for both women and men, a vibrant interest in new science, and a dedication to upholding democratic principles in churches at a time when many other Puritan clergymen were emphasizing the power of their office above all else. Bremer's enlightening and accessible biography of an important figure in New England history provides a unique perspective on the seventeenth-century transatlantic Puritan movement."--Publisher's description
Shaping New Englands : Puritan clergymen in seventeenth-century England and New England by Francis J Bremer( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There is no questioning the importance of colonial authors - particularly the Puritan leaders of the seventeenth century - in American history and literature. The work of such men as John Cotton, Thomas Hooker, Richard Mather, and Roger Williams, the "shining lights" who sought to shape a model society, provided much of the fundamental structure upon which the new colonies were built. Frustrated in their reformation efforts in old England, these English men, voicing English concerns for English audiences, sought to implement their plan in the new England. Thus, as author Francis J. Bremer chronicles, they were indeed "shaping new Englands."" "In this welcome study, Bremer provides a teeming survey of virtually every seventeenth-century Puritan clerical writer of significance, studying not only the books, but also sermon notes and unpublished manuscripts. In so doing, he provides an astoundingly rich body of work and a truly unique perspective. Bremer's thoughtful approach distills the unity in outlook among these preachers - without abandoning the diversity that existed in tone, practice, and belief. Carefully reviewing the methods and assumptions of many preceding scholars, he adventures into new territories and even back toward once discarded avenues. No aspect of the Puritan movement is left unexamined as Bremer illuminates much more than merely subject matter and viewpoint. Beginning with a clear and thoughtful introduction that defines, among other details, the Anglo-American context in which this story is told, he proceeds to the events that gave rise to the Puritan movement; the Puritan style; writings of theology and piety, views on polity and social matters; and, finally, the changes wrought in the new Englands - and how the writings changed in response."--Jacket
Puritanism : transatlantic perspectives on a seventeenth-century Anglo-American faith( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1991 an international group of scholars gathered at Millersville University in Pennsylvania to study
Anne Hutchinson, troubler of the Puritan Zion by Francis J Bremer( Book )

8 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Congregational communion : clerical friendship in the Anglo-American Puritan community, 1610-1692 by Francis J Bremer( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puritan studies is one of the most heavily researched areas of scholarship in both England and the United States. In this in-depth exploration of the relationship between Puritans in England and New England, Francis J. Bremer challenges the view that the colonists turned away from English Puritans in the 1640s. Rather, he convincingly demonstrates that the two communities retained a complex, symbiotic connection - a communion - throughout the seventeenth century, and that the clergy on both sides of the Atlantic saw themselves as closely linked in their spiritual mission. Focusing on the interaction between social experience and the shaping of belief, Bremer thoroughly analyzes how Puritan clergymen of a congregational persuasion came together in a godly communion and examines how that communion sustained them in times of trouble and physical dispersal. He explains the social forces that led to the articulation of early Congregationalism and details the significance of trans-Atlantic religious exchanges through correspondence, associations, publications, and other devices. Bremer traces the first-generation Puritans from their formative years at Cambridge University through the creation of a network of clerical friendships, through the flight to Holland and to New England, to the death of Oliver Cromwell and the beginnings of division within Congregationalism. This thought-provoking volume makes a solid contribution to Puritan studies and offers a basis for further discussions of the trans-Atlantic aspects of the Congregational community
A Guide to the history of Pennsylvania( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world of John Winthrop : essays on England and New England, 1588-1649( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lay empowerment and the development of Puritanism by Francis J Bremer( )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the rise and decline of puritanism in England and New England that focuses on the role of godly men and women. It explores the role of family devotions, lay conferences, prophesying and other means by which the laity influenced puritan belief and practice, and the efforts of the clergy to reduce lay power in the seventeenth century. (Publisher)
Puritan crisis : New England and the English Civil Wars, 1630-1670 by Francis J Bremer( Book )

15 editions published between 1972 and 1991 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Increase Mather's friends : the trans-Atlantic congregational network of the seventeenth century by Francis J Bremer( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notfallmedizin direkt : Leitlinien zu Diagnostik und Therapie( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bases physiologiques et aspects cliniques de l'épilepsie by Théophile Alajouanine( Book )

4 editions published in 1958 in French and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puritans and Puritanismin the Atlantic world : a comprehensive encyclopedia( )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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John Winthrop : America's forgotten founding father
John Winthrop : America's forgotten founding fatherPuritanism : a very short introductionPuritans and Puritanism in Europe and America : a comprehensive encyclopediaJohn Winthrop : biography as historyA Guide to the history of PennsylvaniaThe world of John Winthrop : essays on England and New England, 1588-1649Puritans and Puritanismin the Atlantic world : a comprehensive encyclopedia
Alternative Names
Bremer, Francis John 1947-

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