“Modern prejudices against the Puritans and Reformers make it hard for us to see that sixteenth-century Puritans were not scribblers of fundamentalist screeds, but foremost scholars, poets, historians, and writers . . . It is too often assumed that our Reformers were simply hedge preachers or hot gospelers, but that is a gross caricature. In reality, they were the most cultivated men in Europe” (5 Cities, p. 129).