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

By John K. Nelson

during this publication, John Nelson reconstructs daily Anglican spiritual perform and adventure in Virginia from the tip of the 17th century to the beginning of the yank Revolution. not easy past characterizations of the colonial Anglican institution as vulnerable, he finds the elemental function 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 basic resources, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish approach, its parsons, its rituals of worship and rites of passage, and its parishioners' different relationships to the church. All colonial Virginians--men and ladies, wealthy and terrible, 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 spiritual services, the parish supplied crucial deal with the negative, collaborated with the courts to address civil disputes, and exerted its impact over many different points of group existence.

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 exact environmental and human stipulations, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably powerful and devoted Anglican church within the previous Dominion.

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