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date: 22 March 2019

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This article studies what was preached in English parish churches from the 1560s to the 1630s. It identifies the sermon topics, which can either be in a sequence of sermons or a series of sermons on a selection of texts chosen to explain a particular theme. It studies prayer book-appointed texts and services and then presents a case study of Thomas Jackson, a preacher in east Kent during the early seventeenth century. His career demonstrates the different trends described in this article. Finally, the article discusses parochial preaching from 1640 to 1650.

Keywords: preaching, English parish churches, sermon topics, prayer book-appointed texts, Thomas Jackson, parochial preaching

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