A Puritan of 16th and 17th-century England was an associate of any number of religious groups advocating for more "purity" of worship and doctrine, as well as personal and group piety. Puritans felt that the English Reformation had not gone far enough, and that the Church of England was tolerant of practices which they associated with the Catholic Church.

Puritanism in Ruled BritanniaEdit

Puritans opposed the rule of Queen Elizabeth as being insufficiently radically reformist, and were in turn persecuted under her reign.

They were also persecuted when the Spanish-backed Queen Isabella and King Albert ruled England.

In 1597 William Shakespeare was impressed by the courage of Philip Stubbes, a Puritan about to be executed by the English Inquisition at an auto da fé.

In 1598, after fleeing London for his life, Christopher Marlowe returned to the city disguised as a Puritan.