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Women and the Shaping of British Methodism

Jennifer M. Lloyd

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780719078859
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702574 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719078859.001.0001
Women and the Shaping of British Methodism

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A response to the prominent Methodist historian David Hempton's call to analyse women's experience within Methodism, this book deals with British Methodist women preachers over the entire nineteenth century, with special emphasis on the Primitive Methodists and Bible Christians. The book covers women preachers in Wesley's lifetime, the reason why some Methodist sects allowed women to preach and others did not, and the experience of Bible Christian and Primitive Methodist female evangelists before 1850. It also describes the many other ways in which women supported their chapel communities. The second half of the book includes the careers of mid-century women revivalists, the opportunities, home and foreign missions offered for female evangelism, the emergence of deaconess evangelists and Sisters of the People in late century, and the brief revival of female itinerancy among the Bible Christians.

Keywords: David Hempton; Methodism; Methodist women preachers; female itinerancy; Primitive Methodists; Bible Christians; female evangelists; chapel communities; women revivalists; deaconess evangelists

Book.  336 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion

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Introduction in Women and the Shaping of British Methodism

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Women in eighteenth-century Methodism in Women and the Shaping of British Methodism

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Women preachers’ place in a divided Methodism in Women and the Shaping of British Methodism

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The heyday of female itinerancy in Women and the Shaping of British Methodism

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Women as Revivalists in Women and the Shaping of British Methodism

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Women in missions at home and abroad in Women and the Shaping of British Methodism

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Afterword in Women and the Shaping of British Methodism

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