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The Elizabethan and Jacobean period have often been depicted as an 'era of severity' when suicide was harshly punished in English society. In between the strongly worded rhetoric, however, a softening of attitudes can be seen, with poignant descriptions of the suicides of much-loved figures within the community. Some, puritans especially, dared to hope that salvation might be open to all Christians, no matter what the manner of their death.

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This page is a summary of: ‘Between the bridge and the brook’, Reformation and Renaissance Review, November 2013, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1179/1462245914z.00000000038.
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