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From its outset in the 1650s, the Quaker movement made extensive use of the printing press in spreading its message. This book explores how and why early Quaker leaders used printed tracts in their campaign. It reveals how the tracts were produced, distributed and read, as well as their role in the Quakers' dynamic campaign for religious and political liberty under the republican rule of Oliver Cromwell.Read more
- Based on unusually rich documentation which enables a detailed and unique case study of how people used and read books in early modern England
- Provides a new and different interpretation of the role of women in the early Quaker movement
- Modifies existing understanding of the early Quaker movement, arguing that the movement was a purposeful political campaign
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"This is a very impressive and broad ranging discussion of the interplay of print, sectarian identity, and widening political participation."
- H-Albion, Ted Vallance, School of History, University of LiverpoolSee more reviews
"There is simply nothing not to praise about Peters's work. Wide-ranging in its research, unobtrusive in dialogue with other historians, careful and thoughtful in its conclusions, it is an important contribution to our understanding of both a religious movement and a critical period in British history." - Thomas D. Hamm, Earlham College
"With her very readable work, Peters gives us a detailed and new understanding of why Quakers were seen as such a threat by their contemporaries and why they were the only radical sect not justs to survive the Interregnum, but to flourish well beyond. This book is recommended as a valuable addition to both the scholarship and the classroom." - Jane E. Calvert, St. Mary's College of Maryland
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- Date Published: January 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521093125
- length: 292 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.43kg
- contains: 15 b/w illus.
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
1. Writing and authority in the early Quaker movement
2. The production and readership of Quaker pamphlets
3. A national movement: pamphleteering in East Anglia
4. 'The Quakers Quaking': the printed identity of the movement
5. 'Women's speaking justified': women and pamphleteering
6. Pamphleteering and religious debate
7. Print and political participation
8. The James Nayler crisis, 1656
Bibliography of secondary sources.
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