At least in premodern Europe and Puritan North America, witch-hunting follows certain patterns.
Like the Puritan ancestors he never succeeded in escaping, he found fault with just about everything, especially himself.
The mindsets of both Cavalier and Puritan took root in the New World, and the experiment launched in 1776 continues.
There has been little intellectual advance since Oliver Cromwell's Puritan republic back in the 1650s.
Indeed, Puritan Japan is decades behind the Puritan United States when it comes to sex.
A Puritan would have found it savory, even where it was unsound.
Angelo, the would-be Puritan ruler, was a "false seemer," Malvolio was a "chough."
His Puritan habits had been, in fact, very curious to the parents.
Of all that is noble and true in the Puritan character we are sincere admirers.
In this off-hand manner of constituting a Parliament, we detect the mingled daring of the Puritan and the Soldier.
1560s, "opponent of Anglican hierarchy," later applied opprobriously to "person in Church of England who seeks further reformation" (1570s), probably from purity. Largely historical from 19c. in literal sense. After c.1590s, applied to anyone deemed overly strict in matters of religion and morals.
What [William] Perkins, and the whole Puritan movement after him, sought was to replace the personal pride of birth and status with the professional's or craftsman's pride of doing one's best in one's particular calling. The good Christian society needs the best of kings, magistrates, and citizens. Perkins most emphasized the work ethic from Genesis: "In the swaete of thy browe shalt thou eate thy breade." [E. Digby Baltzell, "Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia," 1979]