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The Quakers in English Society, 1655-1725$
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Adrian Davies

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208204.001.0001

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A Suffering People

A Suffering People

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The Quakers in English Society, 1655-1725


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This chapter discusses the type of suffering which Friends experienced. The effort is limited to the period between 1655 and 1684, when a series of new laws was used by the State in order to crush dissent. It analyses the pattern of prosecutions of Quakers which suggests that the peaks match the periods of acute national political tension during which the State was most worried about the activities of dissenters.

Keywords:   suffering, Friends, dissent, Quakers, political tension, dissenters

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