Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Preface

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Preface

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The year 2007 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of the English settlement at Jamestown, symbolized by the image of the ruined church tower on the facing page. Because the Anglican Church embodied the established state religion of England, its successor, the Episcopal Church, also commemorates its four-hundredth anniversary this year. As part of that effort, the Virginia Historical Society has collaborated with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia to produce a museum exhibition, The Episcopal Church in Virginia, 1607-2007 (14 July 2007-13 January 2008), and this special issue of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, which will also appear in a separate hardback edition.

The diocese commissioned two scholars, Edward L. Bond and Joan R. Gundersen, to write a history of the diocese across these four eventful centuries. Dr. Bond teaches history at Alabama A&M University and serves concurrently as the editor of Anglican and Episcopal History. He is the author of such works on religious history as Damned SouL· in a Tobacco Colony and Spreading the Gospel in Colonial Virginia. …

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