John Flavel


Biography of John Flavel

John Flavel (c.1627–1691) was an English Presbyterian clergyman, puritan, and author.

John Flavel was born at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire and was educated at home and the University of Oxford. Ordained as a Presbyterian in 1650, though later a Congregationalist, he lived in Diptford (in Devon) and Dartmouth. As a nonconformist; he was ejected result of the Great Ejection of 1662. He moved the required 5 miles to Slapton and returned to Dartmouth to preach secretly under great personal risk. After the Declaration of Indulgence 1687, he became a minister of a Nonconformist Church there. He died at Exeter, Devonshire, on 26 June 1691. Flavel is commemorated in the name of Flavel Road on Bromsgrove's Charford Estate.

He was a prolific and popular author. Among his works are A Saint Indeed (1668) (aka Keeping the Heart), The Mystery of Providence (1678), Husbandry Spiritualised (1669) and Navigation Spiritualised (1677), titles which suggest some of his characteristics as a writer.

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