Richard Brothers

(1757—1824) self-styled prophet

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(1757–1824), naval lieutenant, enthusiast, and a central figure in the London millenarian circles of the 1790s. Known as ‘the Great Prophet of Paddington Street’, he established his reputation in 1794 with the publication of a work entitled A Revealed Knowledge of the Prophecies and Times, Part One, soon followed by Part Two. Brothers was neither a charismatic leader nor the founder of a new sect or cult, but he did encourage his readers to express in writing their own beliefs and dreams. The pamphlets written by his followers and their critics make up a significant body of popular millenarian literature.


From An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).

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