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Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart EnglandTales of Discord and Dissension$
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David Cressy

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207818.001.0001

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The Adamites Exposed: Naked Radicals in the English Revolution

The Adamites Exposed: Naked Radicals in the English Revolution

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(p.251) 15 The Adamites Exposed: Naked Radicals in the English Revolution
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Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England
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David. Cressy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207818.003.0016

This chapter examines one of the most startling phenomena of the English revolution, the appearance, or alleged appearance, of a sect of revolutionary fundamentalist nudists. Stories about this group appeared in the popular press in 1641, with reports of their sexual and religious perversions. Other authors discussed their antecedents in ancient Christianity, medieval heresy, and the more recent radical reformation. Adamite elements appeared among the Ranters and Quakers of the early 1650s. Questions arise not only about the truth of the matter, but also about the moral, political, and religious climate in which the Adamite phenomenon was discussed.

Keywords:   naked radicals, revolutionary nudists, sexual perversions, Adamites, Ranters, Quakers, religious perversions

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