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Persistent preachers, 1807–1907
Author: Jennifer Lloyd

A response to the prominent Methodist historian David Hempton's call to analyse women's experience within Methodism, this book deals with British Methodist women preachers over the entire nineteenth century, with special emphasis on the Primitive Methodists and Bible Christians. The book covers women preachers in Wesley's lifetime, the reason why some Methodist sects allowed women to preach and others did not, and the experience of Bible Christian and Primitive Methodist female evangelists before 1850. It also describes the many other ways in which women supported their chapel communities. The second half of the book includes the careers of mid-century women revivalists, the opportunities, home and foreign missions offered for female evangelism, the emergence of deaconess evangelists and Sisters of the People in late century, and the brief revival of female itinerancy among the Bible Christians.

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Jennifer Lloyd

achievements, together with their education and class status, ultimately contributed to women’s slow progress toward ordination in the twentieth century. In his important book Methodism: Empire of the Spirit David Hempton points out that, ‘Methodism was comprehensively shaped by women in ways that we still do not fully understand.’ I hope that my work contributes to this understanding, since I deal with what Hempton calls the myriad ‘purveyors of hospitality, deaconesses, visitors, evangelists, prayers, exhorters, testifiers, class members and leaders, and preachers’ who

in Women and the shaping of British Methodism
Jennifer Lloyd

Certainly in the majority of cases there was probably a gendered difference between men’s and women’s reasons for committing themselves to Methodism. David Hempton has identified a dialectical tension within eighteenth-century Methodism between enthusiasm and enlightenment that ‘shows up as a disciplined commitment to self-improvement combined with a fervent belief in divine intervention in daily life.’ This combination of confessional discipline, individual empowerment and divine promise, realized within Methodism through a common but flexible organization on the one

in Women and the shaping of British Methodism
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The burden of words in Women; or pour et contre
Christina Morin

self-interest’. 6 In this way, as David Hempton remarks, ‘Methodism’s objective of forming an interdenominational association of religious societies foundered on the rocks of Irish sectarianism, and on its own upward social mobility’. 7 Responding but also contributing to religious debate and competition in pre-Emancipation Ireland, Methodism becomes, in Maturin’s text, a dangerously divisive force

in Charles Robert Maturin and the haunting of Irish Romantic fiction
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Sarah Roddy

about emigration. David Hempton and Myrtle Hill are among those who have emphasised the importance of transatlantic links – nourished by successive waves of emigration – to the development of evangelicalism in Ireland, while Alan Acheson’s survey history of the Church of Ireland notes the increasing sense of gloom in the post-disestablish8 Roddy_Population_Printer.indd 8 15/09/2014 11:47 Introduction ment church, particularly outside Ulster, as continued emigration left many parishes with only scores of parishioners where there had once been hundreds.41 Meanwhile

in Population, providence and empire
Nonconformist religion in nineteenth-century pacifism
Heloise Brown

, which contextualises the origins of the Peace Society, see J. E. Cookson, The Friends of Peace: Anti-war Liberalism in England, 1793–1815 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982). 7 Brock, Nonsectarian Pacifism, pp. 21–3; W. H. van der Linden, The International Peace Movement, 1815–1874 (Amsterdam: Tilleul Publications, 1987), pp. 4, 7–8. 8 Alan D. Gilbert, Religion and Society in Industrial England: Church, Chapel and Social Change, 1740–1914 (London: Longman, 1976), pp. 34, 37–9, 63, 205. See also David Hempton, ‘Religious life in industrial Britain’, in

in ‘The truest form of patriotism’
David Ceri Jones

Methodists exploited for their own benefit. The Welsh Methodists’ involvement in what David Hempton has recently called an ‘empire of the spirit’ 7 meant that they did not just benefit from British imperial expansion almost by default but became, as much as any merchant, naval officer, slave-trader or traditional cross-cultural missionary, some of its most active agents. This essay, therefore, attempts to explore two closely related questions: it examines how some eighteenth-century Welsh evangelicals took advantage of their involvement

in Wales and the British overseas empire
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Andrew R. Holmes

, An Historical Essay upon the Loyalty of Presbyterians in Great-­Britain and Ireland from the Reformation to this Present Year 1713 ([Belfast], 1713). 10 For evangelicalism more generally, see David Hempton and Myrtle Hill, Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster Society 1740–1890 (London: Routledge, 1992); for Church of Ireland writers, Hill, ‘Church of Ireland’, pp. 13–22. 11 Andrew R. Holmes, The Shaping of Ulster Presbyterian Belief and Practice, 1770 to 1840 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). 12 Robert Allen, James Seaton Reid: A Centenary Biography

in Making and remaking saints in nineteenth-century Britain
Philip Ollerenshaw

. 63. 7 Ibid. , 15 July 1894, p. 81. 8 David Hempton & Myrtle Hill, Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster Society 1740–1890 , London, 1992, p. 182. For a hard-hitting rejection of the alleged link between Protestantism and the

in ‘An Irish Empire’?
Jennifer Lloyd

participants in home and colonial missions. In this chapter I therefore evaluate women’s work in three types of missions: at home; to members of the English-speaking diasporas; and to non-Europeans, and the changing opportunities for women within them. Mission work, designed to save the souls of those who had not heard the Christian message, was at the heart of Methodism from its beginning. David Hempton described Methodism as ‘a missionary organization that thrived on mobility and expanded in association with the rise of markets and the growth of empire.’11 In his mission

in Women and the shaping of British Methodism