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Author: Hilary Hinds

What was distinctive about the founding principles and practices of Quakerism? This book explores how the Light Within became the organising principles of this seventeenth-century movement, inaugurating an influential dissolution of the boundary between the human and the divine. Taking an original perspective on this most enduring of radical religious groups, it combines literary and historical approaches to produce a fresh study of Quaker cultural practice. Close readings of George Fox's Journal are put in dialogue with the voices of other early Friends and their critics to argue that the ‘light within’ set the terms for the unique Quaker mode of embodying spirituality and inhabiting the world. This study of the cultural consequences of a bedrock belief shows how the Quaker spiritual self was premised on a profound continuity between sinful subjects and godly omnipotence. It will be of interest not only to scholars and students of seventeenth-century literature and history, but also to those concerned with the Quaker movement, spirituality and the changing meanings of religious practice in the early modern period.

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Jessica L. Malay

Skura, Tudor Autobiography: Listening for Inwardness (2008), p. 2. Earlier, in 1969, Peter Delaney suggested that the way forward in approaching early modern autobiography was to ‘frame a definition [of autobiography] which excludes the bulk of random or incidental self-revelation scattered through seventeenth-century literature’ and prioritizes texts that were ‘primarily written to give a coherent account of the author’s life’. Delaney, British Autobiography in the Seventeenth Century (1969), p. 1 15 Elizabeth Jane Bellamy, ‘Afterward: Intention Redux: Early Modern

in Anne Clifford’s autobiographical writing, 1590–1676
David J. Appleby

nation, and that ‘no other body of seventeenth-century literature could address itself to so readily definable and so large a readership’.7 All of which suggests that the printing of the farewell sermons had an impact far beyond the London intelligentsia. This chapter begins by considering the context and scope of the verbal and scribal transmission of the farewell sermons, coupled with other activities likely to have promoted the image of the ejected ministers. The translation of the Bartholomean manuscripts into print will be mapped in a putative chronology of

in Black Bartholomew’s Day
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Mirrors of French ideals?
Alison Forrestal

histories, which generally contained succinct biographies of successive bishops, ancient and contemporary.7 These were not composed as chap 6 22/3/04 174 12:54 pm Page 174 FATHERS, PASTORS AND KINGS didactic works but principally as historical records. Yet their descriptions of particular bishops at times assumed a distinctly hagiographic tone and, if only for this reason, they will on occasion be cited in the course of this chapter. One of the most noticeable features of seventeenth-century literature on the office of bishop is its marked tendency to reflect the

in Fathers, pastors and kings