By John K. Nelson
Drawing on wide learn in parish and county files and different basic assets, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish approach, its parsons, its rituals of worship and rites of passage, and its parishioners' diverse relationships to the church. All colonial Virginians--men and girls, 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 financial dictates. as well as its spiritual services, the parish supplied crucial deal with the terrible, collaborated with the courts to deal with civil disputes, and exerted its impact over many different features of neighborhood existence.
A Blessed Company demonstrates that, by means of creatively adapting Anglican parish association and the language, types, and modes of Anglican spirituality to the Chesapeake's unique environmental and human stipulations, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably powerful and trustworthy Anglican church within the previous Dominion.
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A Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishioners in Anglican Virginia, 1690-1776 by John K. Nelson