Ann the Word: the story of Ann Lee, female messiah, mother of the Shakers, the woman clothed with the sun

Book Cover
Average Rating
Arcade Pub. :
Pub. Date:
1st U.S. ed.
Ann Lee is perhaps one of the most remarkable and mystifying women in the history of Western culture. Few could have imagined that humble beginnings in Manchester, England, would lead to the illiterate daughter of a blacksmith overcoming personal anguish and increasingly Puritanical sentiments in England and rising to become a visionary religious leader, thought by her followers to have been the second incarnation of Christ. After the deaths of her four children, Ann was committed to an insane asylum. While committed she received the revelation that she was Ann the Word, the female embodiment of Christ. Upon her release, she assumed leadership of the Shaking Quakers, or Shakers, a local religious cult known for erratic fits of divine shaking, passionate song and dance, speaking in tongues, and a belief that the millennium heralding the end of the world had come. Escaping persecution, she emigrated with a small band of Shakers to America in 1774. Charges of witchcraft and spying followed Lee wherever she went as she began an ambitious mission of conversion, establishing communities across New England. In the first serious biography about this spirited, captivating leader, Richard Francis provides "the best portrait to date of . . . [a] heroic, indomitable, mesmerizing woman" ( Sunday Telegraph ), a trail-blazer whose feminizing influence upon Christianity was marked progress for women of her time and long after. He also demonstrates the aura and strangeness of the radical Shakers during their militant years and in so doing, poignantly recreates a "remote prophetic world" ( Evening Standard ), bursting with mystery and intrigue.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID61190a5d-a101-482a-b5e9-02dfc05f8595
Grouping Titleann the word the story of ann lee female messiah mother of the shakers the woman clothed with the su
Grouping Authorfrancis richard
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-01-01 01:10:20AM
Last Indexed2019-12-08 03:15:19AM

Solr Details

authorFrancis, Richard, 1945-
author_displayFrancis, Richard
available_at_pitkinPitkin Library
detailed_location_pitkinPitkin County Library
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b11961673.i28983786Pitkin County Library289.8 F8191falsefalseOn Shelfpc
itype_pitkinAdult book
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_pitkin289.8 F819
owning_library_pitkinPitkin County Library
owning_location_pitkinPitkin Library
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b11961673BookBooks1st U.S. ed.EnglishArcade Pub. :2001.xii, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b11961673.i28983786On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue96, 97, 98, 99
Lee, Ann, -- 1736-1784
Shakers -- Biography
Shakers -- History
Women evangelists -- Biography
title_displayAnn the Word : the story of Ann Lee, female messiah, mother of the Shakers, the woman clothed with the sun
title_fullAnn the Word : the story of Ann Lee, female messiah, mother of the Shakers, the woman clothed with the sun / Richard Francis
title_shortAnn the Word
title_subthe story of Ann Lee, female messiah, mother of the Shakers, the woman clothed with the sun
Lee, Ann
Women evangelists