Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 November 2018

488 Pages | 24 illustrations

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190234249

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William Penn

A Life

Andrew R. Murphy

  • The first major biography of William Penn in decades, making full use of Penn's complete collected papers
  • Follows Penn's life from his early days as the son of a respected naval admiral through his controversial conversion to Quakerism, including his public career advocating for religious freedom, his role in the founding of the Pennsylvania, his multiple stints in prison, and his tempestuous relationship with his own colonists
  • Argues for Penn's place as a critical proponent of religious freedom in England and the United States
  • Examines Penn's importance in the early days of Quakerism in England