Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Godly Republicanism: Puri... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Dust Cover Missing. A tradition of southern quality and service. All books guaranteed at the Atlanta Book Company. Our mailers are 100% recyclable.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill Hardcover – March 12, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$36.37 $27.99

May's Book with Buzz
"Valiant Ambition" by Nathaniel Philbrick. George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution. See more
$52.50 FREE Shipping. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill
  • +
  • A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England
Total price: $72.67
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews


A fresh take on a story that historians of American puritanism thought they knew well. Winship reminds readers of the extraordinary accomplishments of Massachusetts' founders in fulfilling the anti-hierarchical dreams of the puritan movement, achieving a set of religious and social reforms in America that were ultimately stymied in England. This is an important book, the work of a mature and confident scholar, whose mastery of the source material on puritanism in England and America is unmatched. (Mark A. Peterson, University of California, Berkeley)

Equally at home on either side of the Atlantic, this is trans-oceanic history at its best. Winship has produced a novel account of the origins of New England congregationalism. He links the fields of English and American puritan studies with facility and authority and shows the crucial role of separatism in establishing the nature of New England puritanism. He also has important things to say about the politics of radical puritanism in England and the controverted question of English republicanism. This wonderful book will be required reading not merely for students and scholars of colonial America but also for anyone interested in the religious and political history of early modern England. (Peter Lake, Vanderbilt University)

A stimulating and provocative new analysis of puritan views on godly government of church and state and the significance of these beliefs for English and American history. (Francis J. Bremer, Millersville University)

A stunningly original piece of scholarship...The new picture of early English and American politico-religious thought it provides is complex, densely argued, and quite persuasive. (B. R. Burg Choice 2012-10-01)

Godly Republicanism is a bold, searching, and overdue analysis of the nexus between churchly and political government in puritan thought. With this book, Winship has further secured his reputation as one of this generation's finest scholars of puritanism. (Thomas S. Kidd New England Quarterly 2012-12-01)

[A] meticulously researched argument for the distinctly 'republican' character of early New England...The book details the significant achievement of the Puritans in establishing a godly political order in the new world, but also the many reversals, ironies, and unexpected twists that attended that achievement. (Mark Noll Books & Culture 2012-10-24)

Winship effectively explores how Puritanism and republicanism interacted in England and New England to form the 'free state' of Massachusetts. Long depicted as moderates, the Puritan founders become, in Winship's capable hands, bold and ambitious reformers...This is a very fine book. (Gerald F. Moran Journal of American History 2013-03-01)

Every reader will gain important new knowledge of New England's religious and political origins from Michael P. Winship's lively, ambitious, and impressively scholarly book...Winship's masterful book will surely be read by everyone interested in New England's or America's origins. (John McWilliams American Historical Review 2013-06-01)

Wonderful…stunning…A challenging and important book…which offers yet more proof that the most rewarding works are those that require serious, rather than merely superficial, engagement on the part of the reader. (Jason Peacey Journal of British Studies 2014-04-01)

Offers an engaging, meticulously-researched tale of the religious zealots whose conscientious scruples helped give birth to a new political tradition, and eventually a new nation. (W. Bradford Littlejohn Reformation 21 2014-02-01)

A richly suggestive text…[Winship] present[s] a story of the past that gives one to think, particularly in the light of a brilliant last chapter on Algernon Sidney, proto-Enlightenment theorist and godly Calvinist…This is a splendid book, evidence if needed of an historian equally at home on both sides of the Atlantic. (Paul Seaver Church History 2013-12-01)

[Godly Republicanism] forces everyone who assumes a familiarity with the period to sit up and take notice. (David D. Hall Reviews in American History 2014-06-01)

Amazingly insightful. (Rick Kennedy Fides et Historia 2014-07-01)

Chapter by chapter, Winship brings new insights to what we thought were familiar events…He has a sharp scythe and cuts a clear path. (Christopher Grasso Journal of Religion 2014-07-01)

About the Author

Michael P. Winship is E. Merton Coulter Professor of History at the University of Georgia.

Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674063856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674063853
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By John F. Moore on January 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have always been confused by relationships, similarities, and differences between the puritan, presbyterian, and congregationalist churches that played such an important part in the founding of several colonies in what would become the United States--not to mention the doctrinal differences that from time to time seem to "haunt" us politically in the present day (example: the popular concept of a modern "War on Christmas").

Winship's book goes a long way towards bringing me clarity on many points. I admit that the many quotes bearing witness to the flexibility of English spelling and usage over the years somewhat hindered my reading, but I agree with the author's philosophy. When you're quoting a source, you should reproduce what was said or printed exactly!

This book is a well-organized and researched book worthy of study, but is NOT one you want to curl up with on a cold night.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Groundbreaking research & gives a view of what our forefathers went through.....I am still reading and am learning more and more!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: democracy