By David George Mullan
Drawing on a wealthy, but untapped, resource of Scottish autobiographical writing, this booklet presents a desirable perception into the character and volume of early-modern spiritual 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 focal point on narrative, the learn additionally revolves round the proposal of conversion, which, whereas an idea identified in lots of occasions and areas, isn't common in its which means, yet has to be understood in the peculiarities of a particular context and the desires of writers situated in a particular culture, right here, 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 should also comprise an appreciation of the political historical past, specially in the course of the non secular persecutions lower than Charles II and James VII, and later the altering and risky stipulations skilled after the coming of William and Mary on her father's throne. one other the most important context in shaping those narratives used to be the shape of spiritual discourse manifested in sermons and different works of divinity and the paintings seeks to enquire family members among ministers and their listeners. via cautious research of those narratives, viewing them either as person files and as a part of a much wider style, a fuller photograph of seventeenth-century lifestyles might be drawn, particularly within the context of the kin and private improvement. hence the publication should be of curiosity to scholars in a number of parts of analysis, together with literary, ancient, and theological contexts. It offers for a better knowing of the motivations at the back of such own expressions of early-modern spiritual religion, whose echoes can nonetheless be heard this present day.