Nathaniel Ward


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Ward, Nathaniel

(?1578–1652) Protestant religious leader; born in Haverhill, England. A member of a notable Puritan family, he studied at Emmanuel College (Boston) and Cambridge University, practiced law, and entered the Anglican ministry in 1618. He served a London parish from 1624–33, was dismissed for nonconformism, emigrated to Massachusetts, and in 1634 accepted the pastorate of Agawam (now Ipswich). In the late 1630s he helped compile the first code of laws for Massachusetts. Returning to England in the mid-1640s, he held the pastorate of Shenfield until his death.
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In analysing her work and that of religious writers such as Nathaniel Ward, D'Addario provides the reader with an informed sense of how the colonists felt and acted as exiles.
Focusing on early colonial exiles Anne Bradstreet and Nathaniel Ward, continental exile John Hobbes, and interior exiles John Milton and John Dryden, D'Addario meticulously reconstructs the lived experience of their geographical and psychological displacement as they anxiously tried to maintain a literary voice within a London print market increasingly catering to the "wide-ranging sympathies of a growing London readership" (13).
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