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Seven Thousand "Hand-Maids And Daughters Of The Lord": Lincolnshire And Cheshire Quaker Women'S Anti-Tithe Protests In Late Interregnum And Restoration England

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This chapter makes a preliminary attempt to locate the petitions in the context of the lives of many of the women who signed it. Petitioners are identifiable from twenty-nine geographical locations (almost all of which are shires), although four petitions fail to identify the parts of the country from which they came. The petitions from Lancashire and Nottingham identify the signatories as Friends, but no other prefaces mention Quakerism. Quaker first entered Lincolnshire in 1654 when George Fox and several others challenged ministers in their “steeple houses” and spoke to congregants in independent “separate” meetings. Reading, however, the extant accounts of the Quaker women who suffered and occasionally died opposing tithes, it becomes clear that their numerous acts of resistance were simultaneously socio-political, religious, and deeply personal.

Keywords: Cheshire; George Fox; Lincolnshire; Nottingham; petitions; Quakerism; steeplehouse

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