At the time of the Restoration, the opening of a locked chest in a remote hovel in Westmorland by a young woman reveals the unexpected life story of her recently-deceased father, a man she has barely known thanks to his self-imposed silence…

‘A Certain Measure of Perfection’ is constructed around genuine historical characters, including the minister himself, Roger Brierley – a man forgotten by history but one whose abilities went far beyond his rather unexceptional education. Working from an obscure Northern backwater and aided only by candle and condenser, miles from the centres of ecclesiastical power and learning, he completed one of the most extraordinary translations of the century, bringing the dreaded ‘Teutonic theology’ to life in the English language and sending a ‘movement of the Spirit’ not only across the hills of the North but subsequently also through the tightly cramped, jettied-building streets of the City of London.

Over the five volumes of the book, Matthew Brearley, our narrator, takes us on a journey from a Northern English rural backwater through Brierley’s arrest and Matthew’s own time in Grindleton with the curate’s wife, via a repository of Familist texts on the Fens to a London irreversibly sliding towards the chaos of outright civil war.

 

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28 thoughts on “About the book

  1. Thank you for liking my blog An Englishmen Goes To Transylvania!. Oddly my sister lives in Sawley, just two miles from Grindleton! She and I have spent many a happy evening in the Lower Buck there – I will point her to your blog/book as she is keen on history…

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  2. Looks like a very interesting study and book. I’m a musician, and it is interesting to see the influence of theological ideas on what was perfect and imperfect in musical intervals used in sacred music. We take for granted the names, perfect unison, octaves and 5ths but it refers to a time when these implied godliness and other intervals were the devil’s work. And thinking about other philosophical wanderings I have made, I wonder how the word ‘perfection’ could be compared with the word ‘unity’. Looking forward to reading your book.

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  3. Dear Simon, this should be great searching and writing. And what you did is also great, I admire so much. Your writing skill is amazing, fascinated me, especially your comment🙂 I really love your country and this language. But I am not perfect🙂 This was my dream to be same with this language as my own. I am talking about this, because, as your people in your language, maybe it won’t be easy for me to read, but piece by piece I try to read and to understand. The first passage fascinating and makes you to read… I love history, archeology. But this is what I haven’t known anything before, it should be interesting. Sorry if I make a lot of explanations. I have just seen your other blog, now I am going to visit it, I can see there are photographs🙂 you know this is my best part. Thank you, Good Luck for your books. Love, nia

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  4. And I have just realised why you did not comment on that page itself – because there is no comments box! I am on a bus but it should work now🙂. There is actually also the very interesting case of John Traske as well…

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