'Voluntary Anglicanism': The Contribution of Little Gidding

April 2009
Seventeenth Century;Spring2009, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p52
Academic Journal
Among the many elements contributing to the growth after the Restoration of voluntary societies within the Church of England was one that has thus far received little attention, namely the web of memories and friendship that linked a small but influential group of friends and kinsfolk who had known Nicholas Ferrar and Little Gidding, a network Ferrar himself had called a 'Web of Friendship'. A reconstruction of this network and the memories its members preserved among themselves and carried to wider circles suggests a significant link between the voluntarism of Little Gidding and the activist piety of later 'voluntary Anglicans'.


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