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Pilgrims Progress

Pilgrims Progress

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The religious tolerance which had allowed Bunyan the freedom to preach became curtailed with the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. The members of the Bedford Free Meeting were no longer able to meet in St. John’s Church, which they had been sharing with the Anglican congregation. That November, Bunyan was preaching at a farm near the village of Harlington, thirteen miles from Bedford when he was warned a warrant was out for his arrest. Deciding not to make an escape, he was arrested and brought before the magistrate. He was arrested under the Conventicle Act of 1593, which made it an offence to attend a religious gathering other than at the parish church with more than five people outside their family. The offence was punishable by 3 months imprisonment followed by banishment or execution if the person then failed to promise not to re-offend. As Bunyan refused to give up preaching, his period of imprisonment eventually extended to 12 years and brought great hardship to his family. Elizabeth, who made strenuous attemepts to obtain his release, was left to bring up four step-children, one of whom was blind.
Author: John Bunyan
Spanish Title: El progreso del peregrino

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