Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

"Mother Of Love": Spiritual Maternity In The Works Of Jane Lead (1624-1704)

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter examines the significance and nature of maternity and maternal imagery in the life and writings of the seventeenth-century visionary and mystic, Jane Lead. First, it considers how she was perceived as a mother among her followers in the London Philadelphian Society and then examines her relationship with her own spiritual mother, Wisdom or Sophia, to show how in Lead’s visionary world Sophia’s procreative abilities provided hope for a future spiritual generation represented by the second coming of an androgynous Adam. The most significant mother figure in the Christian faith is Mary. Although Lead was clearly Protestant, some of her thoughts were informed by ideas developed in the first centuries after Christ around the figure of Mary. This elucidates some of Lead’s religious beliefs surrounding the figures of the Virgin Mary and the Virgin Wisdom to show that they were inextricably linked.

Keywords: christian faith; Jane Lead; London Philadelphian Society; Mary; seventeenth-century; spiritual maternity; Wisdom



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Women, Gender and Radical Religion in Early Modern Europe — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation