Eighteenth-century Quakerism and the rehabilitation of James Nayler, seventeenth-century radical

Bell , Erin (2008) Eighteenth-century Quakerism and the rehabilitation of James Nayler, seventeenth-century radical. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 59 (3). pp. 426-446. ISSN 0022-0469

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Abstract

Although the first Quakers aligned with history superfluous tradition, detrimental to true appreciation of the inward voice of God, by the early eighteenth century they had produced their first histories as a defence against Anglican allegations of continued disorder and enthusiasm. At the same time, pressure to publish the collected works of James Nayler, a convicted blasphemer, proved particularly contentious. Leo Damrosch has sought to understand what Nayler thought he was doing in the 1650s; this study considers what motivated later Quakers to censor his works and accounts of his life, and demonstrates how English Friends in particular sought to revise the popular image of Quakerism by rewriting history.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:James Nayler, seventeenth-century radicalism, eighteenth-century Quakerism, rehabilitation of James Nayler, quakerism, Quaker
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V143 Modern History 1700-1799
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V142 Modern History 1600-1699
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V620 Religious studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V330 History of Religions
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities
ID Code:2815
Deposited By: Rosaline Smith
Deposited On:08 Jul 2010 20:10
Last Modified:18 Nov 2013 12:20

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