Anne Clifford and the Preservation of Prayerbook Worship during the Interregnum

  • Jessica Malay (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Prior to 1645, Anne Clifford’s religious beliefs, practices, and reading placed her comfortably within the norm of English society. She extended religious patronage, as well as close friendship across a spectrum of beliefs. However, the imposition of the Directory for the Public Worship of God (1645) ended this comfortable position. Clifford chose to defend and support the liturgical practice of the disbanded Church of England. Her recent acquisition of the Clifford lands in Yorkshire and Westmorland (1643), provided her with the income and authority to defend Book of Common Prayer worship. This paper will explore the strategies Clifford employed in her household, chapels, and churches to defend BCP worship. These included the rebuilding of churches in Westmorland and Yorkshire designed to accommodate the use of the BCP, enabling this liturgical practice to flourish in the aftermath of the Interregnum.
Period31 Mar 2022
Event titleRenaissance Society of America Annual Meeting: 2022 Dublin
Event typeConference
LocationDublin, IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational