A Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishioners in by John K. Nelson

By John K. Nelson

during this ebook, John Nelson reconstructs daily Anglican spiritual perform and adventure in Virginia from the top of the 17th century to the beginning of the yankee Revolution. demanding earlier characterizations of the colonial Anglican institution as vulnerable, he finds the elemental position the church performed within the political, social, and fiscal in addition to the religious lives of its parishioners.

Drawing on vast study in parish and county files and different fundamental resources, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish method, its parsons, its rituals of worship and rites of passage, and its parishioners' assorted relationships to the church. All colonial Virginians--men and girls, wealthy and negative, old and young, planters and retailers, servants and slaves, dissenters and freethinkers--belonged to a parish. As such, they have been topic to its levies, its authority over marriage, and different social and monetary dictates. as well as its spiritual capabilities, the parish supplied crucial deal with the terrible, collaborated with the courts to address civil disputes, and exerted its impression over many different features of group lifestyles.

A Blessed Company demonstrates that, by means of creatively adapting Anglican parish association and the language, kinds, and modes of Anglican spirituality to the Chesapeake's precise environmental and human stipulations, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably powerful and devoted Anglican church within the previous Dominion.

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