The Diary of Ralph Josselin, 1616-1683

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorAlan Macfarlane

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Josselin was vicar of Earls Colne, Essex, from 1641 until his death in 1683, and this is the intimate record of his ministry and his private doubts and triumphs as a Christian that give the Diary its shape. As a prosperous farmer, he also noted details of harvests, accounts, the weather andfarming methods, which pieces together a picture of yeoman farming at that time. As father and husband he felt impelled to record a series of observations on family life that seem unique for this period. Recognized as one of the great seventeenth-century diaries, ranging over topics from sin anddisease, dreams and money to millenarianism and the Civil War, this richly rewarding document reveals Josselin as a sympathetic and entirely human figure, and provides fascinating insights into the thought-world of seventeenth-century life.

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Josselin was vicar of Earls Colne, Essex, from 1641 until his death in 1683, and this is the intimate record of his ministry and his private doubts and triumphs as a Christian that give the Diary its shape. As a prosperous farmer, he also noted details of harvests, accounts, the weather andfarming methods, which pieces together a pict...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.5 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0197261035

ISBN - 13:9780197261033

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