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Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World

Jane Lead and her Transnational Legacy

Editors: Hessayon, Ariel (Ed.)

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  • Covers a wide-range of topics on Lead’s work and influences.
    Features some of the most important scholars in the field 
    Reveals a number of previously unidentified connections while correcting many misconceptions on Lead’s life and times

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This book concerns one of early modern England’s most prolific female authors, Jane Lead (1624–1704).  Well-researched and clearly written, these essays focus on aspects of Lead’s thought including her attitudes towards Calvinism, mysticism, androgyny and the apocalypse, her role within the Philadelphian Society, and her transnational legacy - particularly in the German-speaking world and North America.

This book suggests that Lead was far more radical than has been supposed. It argues that her religious journey had staging posts, namely an initial Calvinist obsession with sin and predestination wedded to a conventional Protestant understanding of the coming apocalypse, then the introduction of Jacob Boehme’s teachings and accompanying visions of a female personification of divine wisdom and finally, the adoption of the doctrine of the universal restoration of all humanity.  It locates Lead within a continuing tradition of puritan pastoral thought, showing how her personalised view of the millennium differed from most of her contemporaries and discussing her influence on Pietists and their conceptions of bodily transmutation. It also discusses strategies available to female authors and manuscript circulation as an alternative to print and examines her initial continental reception, particularly within Pietist and Spiritualist circles.  Lastly, it traces her afterlife through the relationship between the Philadelphians and the French Prophets, the interest in Lead among the followers of Joanna Southcott and her successors, and the appropriation of Lead’s prophecies by two twentieth century movements: Mary’s City of David and the Latter Rain movement.  

About the authors

Ariel Hessayon is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.  He is the author of ‘Gold tried in the fire’: The prophet TheaurauJohn Tany and the English Revolution (2007) and the co-editor of several collections of essays.  He has also written extensively on a variety of early modern topics: antiscripturism, book burning, communism, environmentalism, esotericism, extra-canonical texts, heresy, crypto-Jews, Judaizing, millenarianism, mysticism, prophecy, and religious radicalism.

Reviews

“The collection originated in a conference, and Hessayon has preserved a sense of collaborative, dialogic, and supportive discussion throughout these chapters. Each chapter is generously footnoted and, where relevant, includes appendices, tables, and data that invite further enquiry. The breadth of research, historical and literary analysis, and the generous inclusion of data and references provide a thorough introduction to new students of Lead’s life and times that should inspire further investigation and inquiry.” (Kaley Kramer, Early Modern Women Journal, Vol. 13 (01), 2018)

“A fascinating collection of essays. Jane Lead and her Transnational Legacy provides a valuable insight into Lead and her influence, with a focus on the transnational transmission of her ideas. It corrects a number of common misconceptions about her work and offers persuasive new avenues for future study, backed by solid archival research.” (Andrew Crome, University of Manchester, UK)

Jane Lead and her Transnational Legacy is a most valuable collection for which all interested readers will be grateful.  Not only does it provide a genuine interdisciplinary perspective on a figure whose importance has notably escalated in the fields of theology and women’s writing in recent years, it does so in English but at last with full attention to Jane Lead’s considerable international influence and legacy in Europe, North America and the transatlantic world, even down to today.  The world of early modern mysticism is vividly brought to life, as we learn why Jane Lead’s visions mattered so much to her followers.  The standard of scholarship is meticulous, making use of much neglected manuscript as well as printed book materials.  This collection of essays will become an important resource for the study of literature, religion, gender and society in the early modern world.” (Nigel Smith, Princeton University, USA)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Jane Lead’s Legacy in Perspective

    Pages 1-12

    Hessayon, Ariel

  • Lead’s Life and Times (Part One): Before Widowhood

    Pages 13-37

    Hessayon, Ariel

  • Lead’s Life and Times (Part Two): The Woman in the Wilderness

    Pages 39-69

    Hessayon, Ariel

  • Lead’s Life and Times (Part Three): The Philadelphian Society

    Pages 71-90

    Hessayon, Ariel

  • Jane Lead and the Tradition of Puritan Pastoral Theology

    Pages 91-117

    Capern, Amanda L.

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eBook 23,79 €
price for Italy (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-39614-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 29,11 €
price for Italy (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-67943-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jane Lead and her Transnational Legacy
Editors
  • Ariel Hessayon
Series Title
Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39614-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-39614-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-67943-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 304
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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