Political speaking justified: Women prophets and the English revolution

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"Political Speaking Justified traces the development of the idea of female political authority in three women prophets of the English Revolution. In the tradition of the Hebrew prophets, these women - Eleanor Davies, Anna Trapnel, and Margaret Fell - believed that God called them to communicate his will to the leaders of the nation. They entered the public sphere intent on bringing about a godly order and, as part and parcel of this goal, they deemed it necessary to create a political realm in which women's voices could be heard. Theirs is a unique literary record that unites religious faith and devotion with an emerging set of secular desires and ambitions."--Jacket
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNewark
PublisherUniversity of Delaware Press
Number of pages270
ISBN (Print)0874139082, 9780874139082
StatePublished - 2006


  • Women
  • Intellectual life
  • Historiography
  • Political science
  • English prose literature
  • Women prophets
  • Politics and literature


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