The episcopal hierarchy was suppressed and replaced by a presbytery aka "Classis" on the model of the Scottish Kirk. The prayer book (The Book of Common Prayer) was banned and replaced with the deeply unpopular "Directory for Public Worship" (which you may want to look into). All feasts and festivals were ended (including Christmas), as were funeral rites at a grave. Overall the whole character of the English church was changed.
Keep in mind that the "witchfinder general" title of Mathew Hopkins was self-assumed. Exorcism and supernatural belief was highly controversial among the Puritans.
JeffErwin as always your insight into 17thC/18thC English history is appreciated. This summary background is just what I was looking for and definitely kick starts my further research. I grew up in a Congregrational type church and so have no problems understanding how to use that for CoC
. But knowing how affected the Anglo-Catholic CoE was by the changes was eluding me.
I want to work my Investigators (very loosely) around historical characters from that period and location, and a more or less compliant CoE Reverend features.
I was aware that Matthew Hopkins was a self styled opportunist and the scepticism of TPTB finally won out. And a sceptic Puritan authority disbelieving a "superstitious ex papist" was always on my cards.
I have also been reading up on some of the obscure Puritan cults that sprung up around this time and I am sure some can be mined for scenario themes!
As always many thanks for your insight.
You might want to check out Clockwork and Chivalry (and its spinoff, Clockwork and Cthulhu) for a d100 compatible Civil War setting, rather than writing one from scratch. It's rather good.
Taavi many thanks for the steer. However my lack of funds means I'll be house ruling CoC
and writing my own background this time. All good practice for my Google-fu!