Jane Leade: Biography of a Seventeenth-century Mystic

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Ashgate Pub., 2005 - History - 160 pages
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This book explores the life and works of the prophetess and mystic, Jane Leade (1624-1704), and opens a fascinating window into the world of a remarkable woman living in a remarkable age. Born in Norfolk into a gentry family, she enjoyed a comfortable childhood, married a distant cousin, who was a merchant, and had four children. However, she found herself totally destitute in London when he died, his fortune having been lost abroad. As a widow, she proclaimed herself to be a Bride of Christ, and eventually became a prolific author and a respected blind, elderly leader of a religious group known as the Philadelphian Society.

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