John K. Nelson's A Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishioners in PDF

By John K. Nelson

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

Drawing on huge learn in parish and county documents and different fundamental assets, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish process, its parsons, its rituals of worship and rites of passage, and its parishioners' different 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 effect over many different features of neighborhood existence.

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and human stipulations, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably powerful and trustworthy Anglican church within the outdated Dominion.

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