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When the 16th-century Reformation took place three distinct sectors of reformation developed the German the Swiss including France and the English Of these three the weakest and least hopeful was the English At first opposition was fierce 277 Christian leaders were burned to death at the stake during the reign of Queen Mary She earned the title Bloody Mary during her reign from 1553 to 1558 Thankfully her reign was short Yet it was out of the shed blood and burned ashes of the martyrs that the cause of Christ grew and prospered It was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1558-1603 that the Puritan movement was born Godly ministers multiplied through the nation These ministers supported each other in a godly brotherhood At first the Puritans received the name Puritan because they sought to purify the National Church of England In later times they were called Puritans because of the purity of life that they sought They set out to reform the Church of England Their desire was to conform the national Church to the Word of God in government worship and practice Queen Elizabeth was head of the national Church and she opposed and blocked reformation When James I who reigned from 1603 to 1625 came to the throne there was hope that now reform would progress Instead the struggle intensified It did not improve when Charles I came to the throne in 1625 Ministers began to despair of improvement and some left for America where a new race of Puritans developed The situation came to a climax when civil war broke out during the 1640s During that time Oliver Cromwell became the supreme governor in place of the King When Cromwell died there was no one suitable to replace him The nation returned to the monarchy Charles II came to the throne The struggle in the Church was renewed with even more conflict than before An act of Parliament was passed which
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