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The Quakers in English Society, 1655-1725

Adrian Davies

Abstract

The early Quakers denounced the clergy and social élite but how did that affect Friends' relationships with others? Drawing upon the insights of sociologists and anthropologists, this study sets out to discover the social consequences of religious belief. Why did the sect appoint its own midwives to attend Quaker women during confinement? Was animosity to Quakerism so great that Friends were excluded from involvement in parish life? And to what extent were the remarkably high literacy rates of Quake ... More

Keywords: Quakers, English society, Quakerism, religious belief, literacy, midwives, modern society, parish life, tolerance, diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208204
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208204.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Davies, author