Autobiographical Writings by Early Quaker Women

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David Booy
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2004 - Literary Criticism - 211 pages
While writings by early modern Quaker women have been discussed and quoted fairly extensively, relatively few of their texts are readily or widely available. The chief purpose of this edition is to rectify this state of affairs in one central area - that of autobiographical writing. The edition contains substantial excerpts from a range of self-writings by Quaker women, composed between the 1650s and circa 1710: letters, testimonies, memoirs, accounts of spiritual development, narratives of persecution and imprisonment. Six of the texts have been freshly edited from manuscripts (including Mary Penington's A Brief Account); the others have been transcribed from the first printed editions. In his general introduction to the volume, the editor sketches the history of the Quaker movement from the 1650s to the early 1700s, and considers the role of female Quakers during the first and second phases of the movement.

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Contents

Chronicles 79
7
tryals and cruel sufferings excerpt
26
Daniel 34 117 12930
34
Deuteronomy
44
to New England 1661 and 1663656
62
A brief account of some of my Exercise from
73
Ecclesiastes 80 182 184
79
services and sufferings for the truths sake excerpt
114
Galatians 12 35 41 51 82
122
testimony concerning George Fox excerpt
147
A letter to Anthony William Boehm excerpt
183
A Memorable Instance
189
References to Books of the Bible
204
Numbers 44 53
206
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David Booy is a Senior Lecturer in English at Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK.

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