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Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity

Gareth Lloyd


Charles Wesley has been a problem figure for church historians. The great hymn‐writer's contribution to Methodism and the 18th century Evangelical Revival has frequently been seen primarily in terms of his poetic work. His vital role in other aspects has been undervalued and often seen through a filter imposed by denominational historians who have Charles's brother John Wesley as the main focus of attention.

Keywords: Charles Wesley, John Wesley, Methodism, Anglican Church, Evangelical Revival, British religion, religious identity, Methodist scholarship, sibling relationships, Church‐Methodism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199295746
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gareth Lloyd, author
Methodist Church Archivist, John Rylands University Library, Manchester
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