Praising God

David Underdown

  • Going to the Wars: The Experience of the British Civil Wars 1638-1651 by Charles Carlton
    Routledge, 428 pp, £25.00, October 1992, ISBN 0 415 03282 2

In a striking passage in his memoirs Richard Baxter recalls watching the battle of Langport as a young chaplain in the army of the Parliament. After some fierce fighting, panic suddenly set in among the Royalists on the opposite hill. Standing next to Baxter was the godly Major Thomas Harrison. As the Cavaliers broke and fled, Baxter heard him ‘with a loud voice break forth into the praises of God with fluent expressions, as if he had been in a rapture’.

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