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Chapter 1: The Taming of the Heart

• The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop is a brief biography of John Winthrop that also tells the story of the events that led to the Puritan colonization of America and the struggles the colonists faced in their early years.

• The Puritan story begins in 1544, when Henry VIII, King of England, split the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, bringing England into the Protestant Reformation.

• When monasteries were closed, Adam Winthrop, a London cloth merchant, bought part of one of the confiscated monasteries.

• Forty-four years later, the English navy defeated the Spanish Armada, ensuring that the Catholic Church could not recapture England; that same year, John Winthrop, the grandson of Adam, was born, and grew up in Groton Manor, the estate Adam purchased.

• Winthrop's father, the second Adam Winthrop of Groton, was a good man, trained in law, and...

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