Email this sample to a friend

A Brief History of the Pilgrims

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 by Catherine McGrew Jaime

Smashwords Edition, License Notes

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

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!”

Previous Page Next Page Page 1 of 8