Anne Wentworth: A true Account of Anne Wentworths Being cruelly, unjustly, and unchristianly dealt with by some of those people called Anabaptists....

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  • Alison Searle (University of Sydney)

This pamphlet is Anne Wentworth’s first known work in print. Its full title indicates its religious and polemical provenance: “A true Account of ANNE WENTWORTHS Being cruelly, unjustly, and unchristianly dealt with by some of those people called ANABAPTISTS, OF THE Particular opinion, and all the cause she gave, and what she hath done.” The author protests that she would never have appeared “in publick” but that she has been “forced to declare the tender mercies of God, and cruelty of man”; this personal discourse of self-justification is coupled with a more general spiritual imperative, which transforms her autobiographical account into a prophetic text, “Also her discovering the two Spirits …

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Searle, Alison . "A true Account of Anne Wentworths Being cruelly, unjustly, and unchristianly dealt with by some of those people called Anabaptists....". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 April 2009
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