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According to Thomas Fuller in his Church History, the term dates to 1564.
Archbishop Matthew Parker of that time used it and "precisian" with the sense of the modern "stickler".
Others thought that the Church of England was so corrupt that true Christians should separate from it altogether; they are known as "separating Puritans" or simply "Separatists".Puritanism played a major role in English history during the first half of the 17th century, but the magnitude of that role is still a matter of debate.The English Civil War was first defined as a "Puritan Revolution" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner in the 19th century.They formed and identified with various religious groups advocating greater purity of worship and doctrine, as well as personal and group piety.Puritans adopted a Reformed theology and, in that sense, were Calvinists (as were many of their earlier opponents), but they also took note of radical criticisms of Zwingli in Zurich and Calvin in Geneva.
Consequently, they became a major political force in England and came to power as a result of the First English Civil War (1642–46).