By Ariel Hessayon
This e-book matters one among early smooth England’s such a lot prolific girl authors, Jane Lead (1624–1704). Well-researched and obviously written, those essays specialise in facets of Lead’s proposal together with her attitudes in the direction of Calvinism, mysticism, androgyny and the apocalypse, her function in the Philadelphian Society, and her transnational legacy - rather within the German-speaking international and North America.
This publication means that Lead was once way more radical than has been meant. It argues that her spiritual trip had staging posts, particularly an preliminary Calvinist obsession with sin and predestination wedded to a standard Protestant figuring out of the arriving apocalypse, then the creation of Jacob Boehme’s teachings and accompanying visions of a feminine personification of divine knowledge and eventually, the adoption of the doctrine of the common recovery of all humanity. It locates Lead inside a continual culture of puritan pastoral suggestion, exhibiting how her personalized view of the millennium differed from such a lot of her contemporaries and discussing her impact on Pietists and their conceptions of physically transmutation. It additionally discusses recommendations to be had to girl authors and manuscript movement in its place to print and examines her preliminary continental reception, rather inside of Pietist and Spiritualist circles. finally, it lines her afterlife in the course of the dating among the Philadelphians and the French Prophets, the curiosity in Lead one of the fans of Joanna Southcott and her successors, and the appropriation of Lead’s prophecies by means of 20th century hobbies: Mary’s urban of David and the Latter Rain movement.
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