Caroline Baker


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.

Author Biography

Caroline Baker began studying for a degree in English and American Studies at York St John College in 1999. Her interest in early religious writings developed into a research project into the role of Quakerism in early women’s writing. This research interest has continued and she is currently undertaking a MA in Contemporary Literature also at York St John College.