FOX, GEORGE
(1624 - 1691)
Fenny Dreighton, Leicestershire

Founder of the Quaker movement, known as the Society of Friends. If ever anyone were tempted to thing that a Puritan is predictably staid and unimaginative, the life of George Fox gives abundant evidence to the contrary. His animating conviction was that inner light from God illumines everyone and that the established authorities of church and state wrongly conceal and ignore this. Bishops and priests, with their Oxbridge trained professors, politicians, lawyers and military leaders all found themselves directly challenged by heartfelt Biblical preaching. In spite of eight periods of imprisonment, his activities extended to North America (with William Penn), the Caribbean, and Holland.


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