Saints in Power:

The Barebones Parliament
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Idees book series (ARCH, volume 61)


Ideologically speaking, the calling of the Barebones Parliament represented the triumph of Puritan millenarianism; or, to be more specific, it was the embodiment of the Independent eschatological precept of the saints. For almost a decade now from the beginning of the Puritan Revolution, the Independent divines and their more radical brethren among the gathered churches had preached the doctrine that the saints were the great interest of the nation and the very pillars of Zion. In the critical years of 1648 and 1649, the saints were accorded a higher authority in the world than the political and civil institutions of human tradition. Now at long last, the saints were in power.


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