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Arthur Bedford and His Circle

  • Jonathan Barry
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Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

Abstract

This chapter considers the four Anglican clergymen involved in the printing of the letter about Perks in 1704: Arthur Bedford, Benjamin Bayly, Henry Shute and Edward Fowler (Bishop of Gloucester) and why they would have been interested in the case, reflecting their anti-Jacobite involvement in reformation of manners and the SPCK. It also explains its printing history in both Bristol and London by William Bonny and Henry Hills. It considers its first reproduction in 1705 by John Beaumont and why his treatment reflects a different, hermetic interest in communications with spirits.

Keywords

Church of England anti-Jacobitism Whigs providentialism print culture hermeticism reformation of manners 

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  • Jonathan Barry
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  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

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