Sylvia Brown, Ph.D. (1994) in English, Princeton University, is Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. She has published essays on women’s writing and religious culture and is the editor of Women’s Writing in Stuart England (Sutton, 1999).
Primarily academic libraries and scholars of early modern women and religion; also, radical religious movements, Quakerism, Anabaptism; prophetesses and visionary women; Catholic nuns; cross-confessional and cross-cultural comparison; gender studies.
"The dozen essays are uniformly strong, and the rich arguments and in-depth research offered in this collection make compelling and illuminating reading for anyone interested in seventeenth-century religious experience". Kimberly Anne Coles, The University of Maryland. In: Church History and Religious Culture, Vol. 90, No. 2-3 (2010).
Table of contents
Abbreviations and Conventions
Notes on Contributors
Introduction, Sylvia Brown
PART I. QUAKER WOMEN AND RADICAL ACTIVISM ACROSS THE BOUNDARIES
1. Prophetic Cries at Whitehall: The Gender Dynamics of Early Quaker Women’s Injurious Speech, Kirilka Stavreva
2. The Radical Travels of Mary Fisher: Walking and Writing in the Universal Light, Sylvia Brown
3. Seven Thousand “Hand-Maids and Daughters of the Lord”: Lincolnshire and Cheshire Quaker Women’s Anti-Tithe Protests in Late Interregnum and Restoration England, Stephen A. Kent
4. “Truly Dear Hearts”: Family and Spirituality in Quaker Women’s Writings 1680-1750, Sheila Wright
PART II. PROPHETESSES: RADICAL REVISIONS OF KNOWLEDGE, GENDER, BODY, SELF
5. “Break down the Walls of Flesh”: Anna Trapnel, John James and Fifth Monarchist Self-Representation, Naomi Baker
6. A “Remarkable Female of Womankind”: Gender, Scripture, and Knowledge in the Writings of M. Marsin, Sarah Apetrei
7. “Mother of Love”: Spiritual Maternity in the Works of Jane Lead (1624-1704), Julie Hirst
8. “I Wish to Be Nothing”: The Role of Self-Denial in the Mystical Theology of Anna Maria van Schurman, Bo Karen Lee
PART III. WOMEN AND RADICALISM ACROSS EUROPE, ACROSS CONFESSIONS
9. Mouldered Away in the Tower With the Fruit of the Womb? On the Treatment of Pregnant Anabaptist Women under Criminal Law, Marion Kobelt-Groch, translated by Dennis Slabaugh
10. “They are but Women”: Mary Ward (1585–1645), Pamela Ellis
11. Cherchez la femme: Radical Religion in the Life and Poetry of Luisa de Carvajal, José Manuel González
12. “A Wise and Godly Sybilla”: Viscountess Ranelagh and the Politics of International Protestantism, Ruth Connolly