Mystical Divinity in the Manuscript Writings of Jane Lead and Anne Bathurst

  • Sarah Apetrei
Part of the Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1500-1800 book series (CTAW)


Apetrei’s chapter brings to light two previously unknown manuscripts, situating them within the broader difficulties that printing mystical works could cause female prophets and visionaries. Positioning her discussion within recent work on scribal publication as an alternative to print publication, and in particular the challenges that female authors faced, Apetrei locates Lead’s and Bathurst’s manuscript writings within a context extending to works by, among others, the nun Gertrude More, the prophetess Grace Cary and the visionary Antoinette Bourignon. Apetrei also provides transcriptions of her manuscript discoveries in two appendices that will be helpful to future researchers.


Diary Entry National Archive English Woman Performance Text Manuscript Writing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Apetrei
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  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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