Arminians in this sense were moderates on, or even opposed to, some key tenets of Calvinism. In fact James had contributed to the hounding of Conrad Vorstiusand sent a strong delegation to the Synod of Dortmaking it an important international Protestant council and underlining the condemnation of Vorstius successor to Jacobus Arminius as a heretic. It was only in the period of the proposed Spanish match that James tried to adopt a less anti-Catholic approach, offending many Puritan figures in so doing. Charles had no particular interest in theological questions, but preferred the emphasis on order, decorum, uniformity, and spectacle in Christian worship.
Although the Puritan religion was extremely restrictive to everyone and especially women it was also a great source of support and strength through the hardships these people endured.
One such settler, Anne Bradstreet, wrote of her adjustment to this difficult and discouraging life. More often women were taught to read so that they could read the Bible but few learned to write as it was thought that there was no reason a woman should know how to write.
Writing was the prerogative of men. A woman was expected to be subservient to her father until she married and then to her husband. Ministers often reminded their flock that women were inferior to men and more inclined to sin and error.
Life was hard and unforgiving for women in Colonial America.
Most homes were small and roughly built giving just a little protection from the elements. Poor diet, constant child bearing and illnesses were took their toll on women as well as long days of hard work.
As a result of such beliefs some women lived out their lives in suffering and hopelessness. We are fortunate to have her writing as it gives us a sense of what life was like for women during this period of time.
One telling poem by Anne Bradstreet reminds us of how precarious life was then. She left it in a drawer to be found after her death should she not survive childbirth. The last stanza leaves this request. Typically she would be expected to spin, sew, preserve food, cook and clean while caring for her children and perhaps raising chickens and geese.
Families tended to be large, Anne Bradstreet bore eight children but many women had more.
Life was fragile and childbearing dangerous. An early gravestone in Vermont displays symbolic faces of thirteen infants and one child that one woman lost before her own death at forty.
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