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Childhood, youth and denominational identity: church, chapel and home in the long eighteenth century

Childhood, youth and denominational identity: church, chapel and home in the long eighteenth century

Martin, Mary Clare ORCID: 0000-0002-3568-6423 (2020) Childhood, youth and denominational identity: church, chapel and home in the long eighteenth century. In: Berner, Tali and Underwood, Lucy, (eds.) Childhood, Youth and Religious Minorities in Early Modern Europe. Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood . Palgrave, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 127-164. ISBN 978-3030291983 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29199-0_5)

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Abstract

Despite the increasing interest in early modern children and religion, existing studies focus on specific denominations rather than taking a comparative approach. Drawing on a range of personal memoirs, this essay focuses on the communication of religious practices in home and worshipping community to children of different Nonconformist Protestant denominations from 1689 to 1828, including Quakers, Baptists, Congregationalists and Unitarians, as well as Anglicans. The focus moves from church and chapel attendance and sermons, to family religion, including private prayers, religious verse and singing, then to catechism, religious conversion, confirmation, church membership and communion, and the fluidity of religious belonging. Throughout, it explores how children might exercise initiatives in interpreting and adapting forms of religious practice, and the significance of oral culture and literacy for both elite and plebeian children.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: religious minorities, childhood, youth, denomination, identity
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences > Greenwich Maritime Centre
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 11:45
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25972

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