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By John K. Nelson

during this publication, John Nelson reconstructs daily Anglican spiritual perform and event in Virginia from the tip of the 17th century to the beginning of the yank Revolution. tough earlier characterizations of the colonial Anglican institution as vulnerable, he finds the basic function the church performed within the political, social, and monetary in addition to the non secular lives of its parishioners.

Drawing on wide study in parish and county documents and different basic assets, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish approach, 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 negative, 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 capabilities, the parish supplied crucial take care of the bad, collaborated with the courts to deal with civil disputes, and exerted its impression over many different elements of group existence.

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

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