The Quakers in English Society, 1655-1725


'This book represents a significant contribution to Quaker studies, since, for the first time, it offers a focused account of the willingness of the Friends to integrate themselves into civil society and its institutions... The thematic organisation, with chronological change examined within themes, is highly effective... It resolves some long-standing puzzles in Quaker studies as well as posing some new challenges.' -John Morrill, TLS'It is a fine work, based on extensive research, and informed by clear questions relating to English social history after the mid-seventeenth century; practically every one of its short chapters--many run less than 10 pages, one shorts out at 6--sparkles with conclusive insights that bear remembering and continued reflection' -Larry Ingle, Quaker History'deeply-researched, pleasingly written' -Michael A. Mullett, English Historical ReviewThe early Quakers denounced the clergy and social élite but what of Friends' relationships with others? By examining Quaker attitudes to neighbourliness, the family, the rites of passage, business, and other links, this lively and original study demonstrates that Quakers were not the marginal and isolated people often portrayed by contemporaries and historians, and explores their wider and significant impact upon early modern society.