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Katherine Chidley: evangelist, church planter, leader, and controversialist

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We first hear of Katherine Chidley in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1616; she is the wife of Daniel Chidley and gave birth to their first son that year. She was already then involved in an illegal underground congregation (at the time only Church of England congregations were legal). She was brought to court at least twice in the 1620s, once for non-attendance...

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Katherine Chidley: Background

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Chidley’s three published writings are available in a modern edition: Katharine Gillespie (ed.),┬áKatherine Chidley Early Modern Englishwomen: A Facsimilie of Essential Works Series 2, Printed Writings, 1641-1700; Part 4, vol. 4 (Ashgate, 2009) There is not, as far as I am aware, a book length treatment of Chidley’s life or thought. One article...

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