Steven Crisp and Gertrude: Quaker Travelling Ministers by Rosalind Thomas

A review by Stuart Masters

A close-up of the cover of 'Steven Crisp and Gertrude: Quaker Travelling Ministers' by Rosalind Thomas. | Photo: Courtesy of Rosalind Thomas.

The stories we inherit about the genesis of new religious movements tend to focus on the role of one or two dominant characters. These become regarded as founding figures. But for every George Fox and Margaret Fell, there are always many other influential individuals whose faithful ministry and steadfast witness become neglected or forgotten. In this new book, Rosalind Thomas of Colchester Meeting shines a light on one such figure, and the two important women in his life. The book offers an accessible and interesting insight into the lives, joys and sufferings of our founding mothers and fathers in the seventeenth-century, and the Quaker communities that they established and sustained, often in very difficult circumstances. In particular, it highlights the contribution of one important Quaker minister whose impact stretched well beyond his own country.

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