1st Edition

Women and Religion in England 1500-1720

By Patricia Crawford Copyright 1993
    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction. Apprehending the Divine: Gender and the History of Religion Part 1. Religious Changes, 1500-1640 1. The Reformation 2. The Social Teachings of the Protestant Church: Women, Marriage and the Family 3. Anglicans, Puritans, and Catholics, 1558-1640 Part 2. Women's Religious Beliefs and Spirituality, 1500-1720 4. Piety and Spirituality 5. Dangerous Beliefs: Magic, Prophecy and Mysticism Part 3. Women and Radical Religion in the English Revolution, 1640-1660 6. Radical Religion: Separatists and Sectaries, 1558-1660 7. Separatist Churches and Sexual Politics 8. Sex and Power in the Early Quaker Movement: the Case of Martha Simmonds Part 4. Restoration to Toleration, 1660-1720 9. Anglicans, Catholics and Nonconformists after the Restoration, 1660-1720 10. Conclusion


    Patricia Crawford

    'Will certainly generate debate on the condition of women in the early modern period.' - History Today

    'The implications of the author's argument are considerable.' - THES

    'Women and Religion provides academics, as well as the general reader, with an useful overview of English women's religious practices and beliefs from the end of the Middle Ages to the early eighteenth century ... with its very full notes and references, provides a fine starting point for students in the field.' - Reformation, Vol 3. 1998

    'This then, is a book that can be read with both profit and pleasure by feminists of all kinds.' - Australian Feminist Studies