The Family of Love in English Society, 1550-1630

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 - History - 305 pages
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This book traces the history of the outlawed mystical fellowship, the 'Family of Love', in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The Familists, devoted followers of a Messianic Dutch mystic named 'H. N.', were passionately denounced by many literate contemporaries, and an association with extremism, subversion and hypocrisy has endured. The author tracks the English Familists into their houses, fields and places of work. Although members of the Family were few in number and highly secretive, identification has proved possible in contexts ranging from the court of Elizabeth I to rural villages in Cambridgeshire. The author also examines the distinctive way of life which was developed by Family members within a wider society that, on the face of it, was hostile to religious dissenters: one surprising conclusion is that most English men and women seem to have possessed an impressive capacity to tolerate known 'heretics' in their midst.
  

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I discovered that some of my very distant ancestors were Familists in Bottisham, Cambridge. They were the Hasle/Hassell family. Would like to read Christopher Marsh's book sometime.
Lisa Rust

Contents

Introduction
1
Hostility and historiography
2
Problems of access
6
A microscopic method
10
Emerging themes
14
Familist belief the quest for perfection
17
The Voice of HN
18
Precedents and influences
28
The Puritan Crisis
124
John Knewstub Versus Robert Seale
127
Outcomes
136
Resolution the pursuit of internal cohesion 15821603
140
The wills of Creake and Raven part I
143
Familist Households
145
Economic networks and Material Prosperity
150
Mutual Support
157

Voices raised in hostility
33
Extracted confessions
34
Voices raised in selfdefence
39
Wills
43
Knowing them by their fruits
48
Seedbeds and first shoots 15501565
52
Marian Protestants
54
Conservatives
64
Anabaptist sectaries
66
Enthusiastic conformists
68
A background in astrology
70
a common thread?
74
Development and consolidation 15651579
77
Books and ballads
79
Internal organisation
85
Parlour Meeting and Familist Sociability
89
Behaviour Before The World
93
Progress
100
Crisis 15761582
103
Animus
110
The Need for a Scapegoat
113
Courtiers
116
Country People
122
The Lief of the Land
161
The Courtier Familists
162
OfficeHolding in the Country
170
Resolution the pursuit of external integration 15821603
174
The wills of Creake and Raven part II
175
Faith and social relations
176
Outward charity and social responsibility
182
Religious tolerance in country and court
187
The Familist paradox
196
Crisis renewed 16031610
198
Basilikon Doron James VII
200
A supplication of the Family of Love Robert Seale?
201
The Family of Love Thomas Middleton
205
William Saffords books
213
the burial of Thomas Lawrence
218
Resolution
231
After the first generation 16101700
235
Conclusion
249
The house that Robert Dorrington built
260
the membership of the Family of Love
265
Bibliography
288
Index
299
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Page 292 - A Confutation of monstrous and horrible Heresies, taught by HN and embraced of a number who call themselves the Familie of Love. By I. Knewstub. Imprinted in London at the three Cranes in the Vinetree, by Thomas Dawson, for Richard Sergier, 1579,

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