JANE LEADE: Biography of a Seventeenth-Century Mystic.
UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2005. FIRST EDITION. Fine premium cloth copy. Jane Leade (1624-1704) is probably the most prolific woman writer and most important female religious leader in late seventeenth-century England, yet she still remains relatively unknown. By exploring her life and works as a prophetess and mystic, this book opens a fascinating window into the world of a remarkable woman living in a remarkable age. Born in Norfolk into a landed family, Jane Leade enjoyed a comfortable childhood, married a distant cousin who was a merchant, and had four children. However, she found herself totally destitute in London when he died, his fortune having been lost abroad. As a widow, she proclaimed herself to be a 'Bride of Christ', and eventually became a prolific author and a respected blind and elderly leader of a religious group of well-educated men and women, known as the Philadelphian Society. The influence of Boehme is powerful in all the works of Leade as well as other Philadelphians. 160 pages. 8vo. (Item ID: 14239)