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Evans and Cheevers's A Short Relation in Context: Flesh, Spirit, and Authority in Quaker Prison Writings, 1650–1662

Catie Gill
Huntington Library Quarterly
Vol. 72, No. 2 (June 2009), pp. 257-272
DOI: 10.1525/hlq.2009.72.2.257
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/hlq.2009.72.2.257
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Abstract

This is a Short Relation of Some of the Cruel Sufferings … in the Inquisition in the Island of Malta (1662) was written from a Maltese prison where its authors, the English Quakers Katherine Evans and Sarah Cheevers, were being held by a branch of the Roman Inquisition. In this article Catie Gill examines the features of A Short Relation that are related to earlier Quaker accounts of imprisonment—the subjects' forthright resolve in denying their imprisoners' authority, their foregrounding of bodily suffering, and their evocation of Quaker antinomian and martyrological traditions. The article focuses particularly on the way the gender of the authors affected their experience and their account of it.

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