Nils Thune (essay date 1948)
SOURCE: Thune, Nils. “Dr. Pordage and Mrs. Leade as Religious Personalities.” In The Boehmenists and the Philadelphians: A Contribution to the Study of English Mysticism in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, pp. 174-212. Uppsala, Sweden: Almqvist & Wiksells, 1948.
[In this excerpt from his study of the influence of Jakob Boehme on Protestant mysticism in England, Thune takes a psychological approach to interpreting Lead's prophetic writings. Thune maintains that her personal background and the religious fervor of the mid-seventeenth century led to the sensationalism of her descriptions of spiritual experiences; however, he also argues that Lead's capacity for leadership and...
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