Throughout the tumultuous period that was the English Civil War, there was a great change in society’s values and beliefs resulting in the establishment of many new political and religious groups. Quakerism, established in the 1640’s, appealed to women as it gave them freedom to prophesy and to proclaim the gospel. This study explores the role of Quaker women’s writing specifically between the years 1650 and 1700, a period of increased religious prominence. Texts from this time are examined including the journal and the epistle to the prophetic tract. The presence of women as preachers and missionaries is explored in a time of civic and political unrest, illustrating how Quakerism gave women the opportunity for religious freedom and expression through writing.
An Exploration of Quaker Women’s Writing Between 1650 and 1700.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 5(2), 8-20.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol5/iss2/2