A Turbulent, Seditious and Factious People
John Bunyan and His Church
Part of the Christopher Hill Classics series
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416 pages / January 2017 / 9781784786861
January 2017 / 9781784786885
Preacher, soldier, rebel: Who was the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, one of the most influential books ever written?
John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the most important works of English literature. Translated into more than 200 languages, it once rivalled the Bible in popularity in the English-speaking world.

In A Turbulent, Seditious and Factious People, Christopher Hill reassesses the well-known author to recover Bunyan’s significance as a preacher—a man whose nonconformist religion led him into conflict with the Quakers and resulted in long years of imprisonment. It was while confined that he wrote his most famous works. This classic biography by one of the leading historians of the seventeenth century offers an extraordinary insight into one of Britain’s most influential writers.


“Magnificent and searching study … provocative, absorbing and hugely knowledgeable.”

“Hill claims to put Bunyan back into his ‘revolutionary age’ … and is totally successful.”

“The commanding interpreter of seventeenth-century England.”

“The dean and paragon of English historians.”

“Wide-ranging, popular and immensely prolific … the dominant figure in studies of the period.”

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