The Rise of Methodism: A Study of Bedfordshire, 1736-1851

The Rise of Methodism: A Study of Bedfordshire, 1736-1851

Jonathan Rodell

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Overview

Overview

A radical re-examination of the rise of early nineteenth-century Britain's largest popular movement
This radical re-examination of the rise of early nineteenth-century Britain's largest popular movement draws on a wide range of evidence to give a bottom-up account of the growth, life and impact of early Methodism in the unlikely stronghold of Bedfordshire. The study digs beneath the seemingly steady advance portrayed by official membership statistics to uncover a much more unstable and rapidly changing picture in which different generations and social groups appropriated the religious structures of the movement as vehicles to express a wide variety of aspirations and grievances.

JONATHAN RODELL read history at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was a Visiting Fellow at Southern Methodist University, Dallas and now teaches for Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education.

Details

July 2014
33 colour, 4 line illustrations
332 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc
ISBN: 9780851550794
Format: Hardback
Beds Historical Record Society
BIC HBLL, 1DBKESD, 2AB, 3J
BISAC HIS037030, REL033000, HIS015000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pious societies: the first rise of Methodism 1736 - 1790
Respectable congregations: the second rise of Methodism 1791 - 1830
Popular protests: the third rise of Methodism 1831 - 1851
Re-visiting the rise of Methodism: Bedfordshire and the historiography of Methodist growth
Appendix A: Evaluating the sources for Methodist history
Appendix B: The sub-division of the Bedfordshire Wesleyan circuit 1763 - 1851
Glossary
Works Cited

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