Michael P. Winship's Hot Protestants: A History of Puritanism in England and America is a stand-out work of history. In just under 300 pages, Winship brings together the puritanism of old and New England in a compelling narrative that reveals a movement as deeply political as it was theological. Eminently readable, Winship's account guides the reader through this complicated trans-Atlantic landscape with vignettes and biographies of the men and women whose passions drove it forward and ultimately contributed to its collapse. Winship begins his account in England in the 1530s, follows developments on both sides of the Atlantic as puritans migrated to New England in the 1620s, and traces the movement's decline by the 1690s.

Winship maintains that the puritan movement was largely shaped by a single question: “how to respond when your monarch or other authorities make a demand of you that you believe violates the laws of England...

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