New PDF release: A Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishioners in

By John K. Nelson

during this ebook, John Nelson reconstructs daily Anglican non secular perform and event 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 fiscal in addition to the non secular lives of its parishioners.

Drawing on large study 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' diversified relationships to the church. All colonial Virginians--men and ladies, wealthy and bad, 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 fiscal dictates. as well as its non secular services, the parish supplied crucial deal with the negative, collaborated with the courts to address civil disputes, and exerted its impression over many different features of group existence.

A Blessed Company demonstrates that, via creatively adapting Anglican parish association and the language, types, and modes of Anglican spirituality to the Chesapeake's specified environmental and human stipulations, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably potent and devoted Anglican church within the previous Dominion.

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