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A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia

Lauren Winner


This book examines the physical objects found in elite Virginia households of the eighteenth century to discover what they can tell us about their owners' lives and religious practices. The author looks closely at punch bowls, needlework, mourning jewelry, baptismal gowns, biscuit molds, cookbooks, and many other items, illuminating the ways Anglicanism influenced daily activities and attitudes in colonial Virginia, particularly in the households of the gentry. In the highly laicized environment that was Virginia's Anglican Church, laypeople not only adapted English forms of church governance ... More

Keywords: Virginia, religious practices, household items, Anglicanism, daily activities, gentry, cookbooks, needlework, mourning jewelry, baptismal gowns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780300124699
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300124699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren Winner, author