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A blessed company : parishes, parsons, and parishioners in Anglican Virginia, 1690-1776 /
John K. Nelson.
imprint
Chapel Hill, NC : University of North Carolina Press, c2001.
description
477 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0807826634 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Chapel Hill, NC : University of North Carolina Press, c2001.
isbn
0807826634 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4649677
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John K. Nelson is professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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In this impressively researched study, John Nelson explains more thoroughly than any previous work has done the process by which the established church in early Virginia adapted to circumstances in the colony and thereby developed an institutional structure for the Anglican Church that differed in important respects from that in England. (Thad W. Tate, coauthor ofColonial Virginia: A History)
In this impressively researched study, John Nelson explains more thoroughly than any previous work has done the process by which the established church in early Virginia adapted to circumstances in the colony and thereby developed an institutional structure for the Anglican Church that differed in important respects from that in England. (Thad W. Tate, coauthor of Colonial Virginia: A History )
This magisterial book reveals the Anglican Church in Virginia as institutional, professional, spiritual, and communal. (Robert M. Calhoon, author ofDominion and Liberty: Ideology in the Anglo-American World, 1660-1801)
This magisterial book reveals the Anglican Church in Virginia as institutional, professional, spiritual, and communal. (Robert M. Calhoon, author of Dominion and Liberty: Ideology in the Anglo-American World, 1660-1801 )
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Summaries
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This text reconstructs everyday Anglican religious practice in Virginia from the 17th century to the start of the American Revolution. Challenging characterizations of the establishment as weak, it reveals the role of the church in Virginian society.
Long Description
In this book, John Nelson reconstructs everyday Anglican religious practice and experience in Virginia from the end of the seventeenth century to the start of the American Revolution. Challenging previous characterizations of the colonial Anglican establishment as weak, he reveals the fundamental role the church played in the political, social, and economic as well as the spiritual lives of its parishioners.Drawing on extensive research in parish and county records and other primary sources, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish system, its parsons, its rituals of worship and rites of passage, and its parishioners' varied relationships to the church. All colonial Virginians--men and women, rich and poor, young and old, planters and merchants, servants and slaves, dissenters and freethinkers--belonged to a parish. As such, they were subject to its levies, its authority over marriage, and other social and economic dictates. In addition to its religious functions, the parish provided essential care for the poor, collaborated with the courts to handle civil disputes, and exerted its influence over many other aspects of community life.A Blessed Companydemonstrates that, by creatively adapting Anglican parish organization and the language, forms, and modes of Anglican spirituality to the Chesapeake's distinctive environmental and human conditions, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably effective and faithful Anglican church in the Old Dominion.
Main Description
A Blessed Company reconstructs everyday Anglican religious practice and experience in Virginia from the end of the seventeenth century to the start of the American Revolution. Challenging previous characterizations of the colonial Anglican establishment as weak, John Nelson reveals the fundamental role the church played in the political, social, and economic as well as spiritual lives of its parishioners.
Main Description
In this book, John Nelson reconstructs everyday Anglican religious practice and experience in Virginia from the end of the seventeenth century to the start of the American Revolution. Challenging previous characterizations of the colonial Anglican establishment as weak, he reveals the fundamental role the church played in the political, social, and economic as well as the spiritual lives of its parishioners. Drawing on extensive research in parish and county records and other primary sources, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish system, its parsons, its rituals of worship and rites of passage, and its parishioners' varied relationships to the church. All colonial Virginians--men and women, rich and poor, young and old, planters and merchants, servants and slaves, dissenters and freethinkers--belonged to a parish. As such, they were subject to its levies, its authority over marriage, and other social and economic dictates. In addition to its religious functions, the parish provided essential care for the poor, collaborated with the courts to handle civil disputes, and exerted its influence over many other aspects of community life. A Blessed Company demonstrates that, by creatively adapting Anglican parish organization and the language, forms, and modes of Anglican spirituality to the Chesapeake's distinctive environmental and human conditions, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably effective and faithful Anglican church in the Old Dominion.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologuep. 1
Parishesp. 11
Local Governance: Parish-Countyp. 13
Parish Formationp. 17
The Parish's "Twelve Bishops": The Vestryp. 33
Leviesp. 43
Provisions: Parsonsp. 48
Provisions: Divine Servicesp. 57
Provisions: Parishionersp. 70
Parsonsp. 85
Originsp. 87
Preparations for Ministryp. 107
Recruitment and Placementp. 122
Stationp. 134
Metes and Bounds of Conductp. 145
Clerical Livesp. 163
Divine Servicesp. 185
The Divine Servicep. 187
The Sermonp. 200
Rites of Passagep. 211
Pastoraliap. 233
Parishionersp. 239
Adherentsp. 241
Womenp. 253
African Americansp. 259
Miscreantsp. 273
Dissentersp. 282
A Blessed Companyp. 290
Epiloguep. 295
Biographical Directory of Virginia's Anglican Parish Clergy, 1690-1776p. 303
Tablesp. 325
Notesp. 331
Indexp. 463
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