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First among friends : George Fox and the creation of Quakerism

Author: H Larry Ingle
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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In First Among Friends, the first scholarly biography of George Fox (1624-91), H. Larry Ingle examines the fascinating life of the reformation leader and founding organizer of the Religious Society of Friends, more popularly known today as the Quakers.
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Ingle, H. Larry (Homer Larry), 1936-
First among friends.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)622148010
Named Person: George Fox; George Fox
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H Larry Ingle
ISBN: 0195078039 9780195078039 0195101170 9780195101171
OCLC Number: 27897781
Description: ix, 407 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Responsibility: H. Larry Ingle.
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In First Among Friends, the first scholarly biography of George Fox (1624-91), H. Larry Ingle examines the fascinating life of the reformation leader and founding organizer of the Religious Society of Friends, more popularly known today as the Quakers.

Ingle places Fox within the upheavals of the English Civil Wars, Revolution, and Restoration, showing him and his band of "rude" disciples challenging the status quo, particularly during the Cromwellian Interregnum. Unlike leaders of similar groups, Fox responded to the conservatism of the Stuart restoration by facing down challenges from internal dissidents, and leading his followers to persevere until the 1689 Act of Toleration. It was this same sense of perseverance that helped the Quakers survive - the only religious sect of the era still existing today.

This insightful study uses broad research in contemporary manuscripts and pamphlets, many never examined systematically before. It chronicles Fox's extensive travels within England itself, in Europe and to the New World colonies. It does not, however, concentrate solely on public matters. It also depicts Fox as a determined man tortured by periodic depressions and at odds with his society. The book presents a more complete picture of Fox's character than has ever been portrayed before and includes an assessment of his relations with his wife and coworker, Margaret Fell. Firmly grounded in primary sources and enriched with gripping detail, this well-written and original study reveals hitherto unknown sides of one who was clearly "First Among Friends."

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Long and challenging book, comprehensive life of Fox

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2006-11-24) Good Permalink
Ingle has written what some today consider the most comprehensive biography of George Fox, one of the founders of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers. As the title indicates, he is ususally considered *the* founder of Quakerism, but that is a bit of a stretch.One thing that this biography clearly...
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