Journals Higher Education



Published: 25 April 2021

256 Pages | 11 halftones

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198870241

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Samuel Wesley and the Crisis of Tory Piety, 1685-1720

William Gibson

  • Offers a reappraisal of the life and work of Samuel Wesley
  • Examines Wesley's life through key turning points, including his decision to join the Church of England in 1684; his marriage breakdown in 1701; his imprisonment for debt in 1705; a series of disagreements with the bishop of his diocese; his leadership of Tory clergy in Convocation; and the haunting of his rectory by a poltergeist in 1716
  • Considers these turning points as moments in which his Tory and High Church principles were tested
  • Advances the idea of the 'long Glorious Revolution' between 1685 and 1720

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