A Brief History of the Pilgrims
Copyright 2011 by Catherine McGrew Jaime
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When James became King of England after the death of Queen Elizabeth, he was also the head of the Church of England. As such, it was his desire that all Englishmen worship only in his church! Those who did not conform to his wishes were called “Nonconformists”. The Nonconformists who were concerned about a purer religion were called “Puritans” and those who separated themselves from the Church entirely were called “Separatists”.
King James did not like Nonconformists, Puritans or Separatists. At one point he invited hundreds of ministers from different Nonconformist churches to talk to him, but instead he declared to them: “I will have one doctrine, one discipline, one religion. I alone will decide. I will make you conform or I will harry you out of the land, or else do worse – hang you!”