1641 HENRY BURTON. Puritan Makes a Stand for Separation of Church and State. Has Ears Cut Off!
1641 HENRY BURTON. Puritan Makes a Stand for Separation of Church and State. Has Ears Cut Off!
1641 HENRY BURTON. Puritan Makes a Stand for Separation of Church and State. Has Ears Cut Off!
1641 HENRY BURTON. Puritan Makes a Stand for Separation of Church and State. Has Ears Cut Off!

1641 HENRY BURTON. Puritan Makes a Stand for Separation of Church and State. Has Ears Cut Off!

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Very scarce tractate by radical Puritan, Henry Burton [1578-1648]. Just four years earlier, 1637, Burton, along with other radical Puritans, William Prynne and John Bastwick, had his ears lopped off for publicly reproving Archbishop Laud. They were said to have been cut so close to the face that the temporal artery was struck so that he nearly bled to death. 

Released from prison in 1640, he returned immediately to his battle to declare that the mixture of heavenly and earthly Kingdoms was sinful and prone to repression and urge a National Covenant. He argued strongly for the kind of religious liberty that would ultimately have to find its root in America first. 

The immediate occasion of the pamphlet was in response to the House of Commons Protestation issued in 1640, which intended to publicly reaffirm the Church of England as Protestant, the King as Rightful Ruler, and essentially give approval to the conflation of Church and State [and the ongoing trend toward high church liturgies, etc.,]. 

When the work was issued, it, "was a sensation" and "scandalized citizens." The Printer, George Dexter, was imprisoned for refusing to reveal the anonymous author. He was already known for publishing "heretics." 

A rare work.

Burton, Henry. The Protestation Protestaed; or, A Short Remonstrance, Shewing what is Principally Required of all those that have or doe take the last Parliamentary Protestation. London. George Dexter. 1641. 19pp. 

Professionally removed from a sammelband of important Baptist, Presbyterian, and Dissenting works on Religious Liberty, the Civil War, etc., and no preserved in archival wraps. Good + with some minor wear and stains.