Women and Religion in England 1500-1720

Women and Religion in England 1500-1720

by Patricia Crawford
     
 

Patricia Crawford explores how the study of gender can enhance our understanding of religious history, in this study of women and their apprehensions of God in early modern England. The book has three broad themes: the role of women in the religious upheaval in the period from the Reformation to the Restoration; the significance of religion to contemporary

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Patricia Crawford explores how the study of gender can enhance our understanding of religious history, in this study of women and their apprehensions of God in early modern England. The book has three broad themes: the role of women in the religious upheaval in the period from the Reformation to the Restoration; the significance of religion to contemporary women, focusing on the range of practices and beliefs; and the role of gender in the period. The author argues that religion in the early modern period cannot be understood without a perception of the gendered nature of its beliefs, institutions and language. Contemporary religious ideology reinforced women's inferior position, but, as the author shows, it was possible for some women to transcend these beliefs and profoundly influence history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415016964
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Series:
Christianity and Society in the Modern World Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction: apprehending the divine: gender and the history of religion1
Pt. IReligious changes 1500-1640
1The Reformation21
2The social teachings of the Protestant church: women, marriage and the family38
3Anglicans, Puritans and Catholics 1558-164053
Pt. IIWomen's religious beliefs and spirituality 1500-1720
4Piety and spirituality73
5Dangerous beliefs: magic, prophecy and mysticism98
Pt. IIIWomen and radical religion in the English Revolution 1640-60
6Radical religion: separatists and sectaries 1558-1660119
7Separatist churches and sexual politics140
8Sex and power in the early Quaker movement: the case of Martha Simmonds160
Pt. IVRestoration to toleration 1660-1720
9Anglicans, Catholics and Nonconformists after the Restoration 1660-1720185
10Conclusion209
Glossary212
Notes214
Index260

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