Women and Religion in England: 1500-1720

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Patricia Crawford demonstrates how the consideration of gender is central to our understanding of religious history. Women and Religion has three broad themes: the role and experience 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 gendered nature of religious beliefs, institutions and language in the early modern period.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Apprehending the Divine: Gender and the History of Religion

Part 1. Religious Changes, 1500-1640

2. The Reformation

3. The Social Teachings of the Protestant Church: Women, Marriage and the Family

4. Anglicans, Puritans, and Catholics, 1558-1640

Part 2. Women's Religious Beliefs and Spirituality, 1500-1720

5. Piety and Spirituality

6. Dangerous Beliefs: Magic, Prophecy and Mysticism

Part 3. Women and Radical Religion in the English Revolution, 1640-1660

7. Radical Religion: Separatists and Sectaries, 1558-1660

8. Separatist Churches and Sexual Politics

9. Sex and Power in the Early Quaker Movement: the Case of Martha Simmonds

Part 4. Restorarion to Toleration, 1660-1720

10. Anglicans, Catholics and Nonconformists After the Restoration, 1660-1720

11. Conclusion

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