(62) Neal's typology of the Brownists
was important in relation to the advent of the Baptists of England.
Lee, and Stephen Wright.(56) Smyth's journey from England to Holland, and his religious pilgrimage from the Church of England to Puritanism, to Brownist
Separatism, and then finally to Anabaptism, is a colorful story in religious history.
The comprehension and toleration bills, introduced into the House of Lords in the early months of 1689, were based on the long-held Latitudinarian notion that there were two types of Dissenters--"moderate" in the Puritan tradition and "separatist" in the Brownist
tradition--and that two distinct and different policies, comprehension and toleration, ought to be applied to each respectively.
(88) New England Calvinists--variously called Puritans, Pilgrims, Congregationalists, Independents, Brownists
, and Separatists--generally conceived of the church and the state as two separate covenantal associations, two seats of Godly authority in the community, each with a distinct polity and calling.
White, The English Separatist Tradition: From the Marian Martyrs to the Pilgrim Fathers (London: Oxford University Press, 1971); and Verne Dale Morey, The Brownist
Churches: A Study in English Separatism, 1553-1630 (unpublished Ph.D.
Along with the Puritans as such, also other non-conformist sectarian factions like the Brownists
emigrated to New England.
Sprunger, "The Meeting of Dutch Anabaptists and English Brownists
, Reported by P.
(6) Still, Peter Milward remarks, "he is described by Maria as 'a kind of Puritan,' which means--for all the learned reservations of commentators--still a Puritan, if not quite so extreme as the Brownists
[...]" ("The Religious Dimension" 382).
He founded a religious movement called the Brownists
, with communities in Norwich and the Netherlands.
(110) Separatists (also known as Brownists
) took the matter further, insisting that the Anglican Church as it stood was not a true church and that complete separation from it was a Protestant obligation.
His first published work appeared anonymously in 1641, issued under two separate titles: A New Petition of the Papists and The Humble Petition of the Brownists
. The writing contained within each is identical.
Maries et al., the defendants counter accusations of libel with the claim that the religious reformists 'gave enterteynment to one Traske a young hot headed and excommunycated Mynister', (56) that is, John Traske, who became more notorious when in London he founded the Brownists
and preached in support of the reinstitution of the Jewish sabbath.