Padraig Lawlor

Padraig Lawlor

Graduate Student // History

M.Phil. in Early Modern History, Trinity College, Dublin (2014)
H.Dip. in Irish History, National University of Ireland (2012)
B.A. (Double Hons) in History and English Literature, National University of Ireland (2011)

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HIST 103: Introduction to the Medieval World
HIST 104: Introduction to the Modern World
HIST 302: From Insurrection to Independence: Ireland, 1556 – 1921


Major Field: Early Modern Britain and Ireland
Minor Field: Medieval/ Early Modern Travel History
Minor Field: Early American Constitutional History


Title: “England’s Religious Preservationists: Seclusion and Solidarity during The Interregnum, 1649-1660.”

In the current historiography on the Church of England, scholars of religious history have traditionally associated both Puritan and sectarian activity with the political upheaval, religious reform, and the collapse of cultural norms that accompanied the English Interregnum (1649-1660). Absent from this scholarship, however, are the voices and actions of those devoted followers who refused to abandon their parish church after its disestablishment in 1649. These followers, who I deem “preservationists,” both fostered and maintained a shared cultural system that stabilized their communal interaction in a period exemplified by politico-religious chaos. Order was sought to uphold civility.

This dissertation analyzes the suppressed Church of England’s lay and clerical figures as well as those Puritan ministers who defied the Protectorate’s forbiddance of Church of England practices. Thus, this project reveals how the Church of England’s followers not only preserved their religiosity, but also capitalized on the momentum of such preservation to assist in the facilitation of the Restoration of 1660.

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