By John K. Nelson
During this ebook, John Nelson reconstructs daily Anglican non secular perform and event in Virginia from the top of the 17th century to the beginning of the yank Revolution. tough prior characterizations of the colonial Anglican institution as susceptible, he finds the elemental position the church performed within the political, social, and monetary in addition to the non secular lives of its parishioners. Drawing on broad learn in parish and county files and different fundamental assets, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish method, its parsons, its rituals of worship and rites of passage, and its parishioners' various relationships to the church. All colonial Virginians--men and girls, wealthy and terrible, old and young, planters and retailers, servants and slaves, dissenters and freethinkers--belonged to a parish. As such, they have been topic to its levies, its authority over marriage, and different social and fiscal dictates. as well as its spiritual capabilities, the parish supplied crucial take care of the bad, collaborated with the courts to address civil disputes, and exerted its effect over many different facets of neighborhood lifestyles. A Blessed corporation demonstrates that, through creatively adapting Anglican parish association and the language, kinds, and modes of Anglican spirituality to the Chesapeake's distinct environmental and human stipulations, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably powerful and trustworthy Anglican church within the previous Dominion.