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By John K. Nelson

during this booklet, John Nelson reconstructs daily Anglican non secular perform and event in Virginia from the top of the 17th century to the beginning of the yankee Revolution. not easy earlier characterizations of the colonial Anglican institution as vulnerable, he unearths the elemental function the church performed within the political, social, and fiscal in addition to the non secular lives of its parishioners.

Drawing on wide learn in parish and county documents and different basic assets, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish method, 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 non secular services, the parish supplied crucial take care of the bad, collaborated with the courts to deal with civil disputes, and exerted its impact over many different facets of group existence.

A Blessed Company demonstrates that, by way of creatively adapting Anglican parish association and the language, varieties, and modes of Anglican spirituality to the Chesapeake's exact environmental and human stipulations, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably powerful and devoted Anglican church within the previous Dominion.

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