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Browne, Robert
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(1550, Tolethorpe [Rutland] – 1633, Northampton) has traditionally been considered the most influential pioneer of the English Puritan-Separatist movement (Puritans/Puritanism). While he was not the first to separate from the Church of England, he popularized the movement to the degree that early Separatists were maligned as Brownists. Browne graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1572. While there, he was influenced by the Puritan principles of T. Cartwright. After three years as a teacher, Browne appeared again in Cambridge, advoc…

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Weaver, Douglas, “Browne, Robert”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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