Anna Trapnel’s Report and Plea; or, A Narrative of Her Journey from London into Cornwall

Anna Trapnel

Anna Trapnel’s Report and Plea; or, A Narrative of Her Journey from London into Cornwall

Anna Trapnel

Distributed for Iter Press

Edited by Hilary Hinds
155 pages | 2 | 6 x 9
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9780866985581 Published August 2016

In 1654, Anna Trapnel — a Baptist, Fifth Monarchist, millenarian, and visionary from London — fell into a trance during which she prophesied passionately and at length against Oliver Cromwell and his government. The prophecies attracted widespread public attention, and resulted in an invitation to travel to Cornwall. Her Report and Plea, republished here for the first time, is a lively and engaging firsthand account of the visit, which concluded in her arrest, a court hearing, and imprisonment. Part memoir, part travelogue, and part impassioned defense of her beliefs and actions, the Report and Plea offers vivid and fascinating insight into the life and times of an early modern woman claiming her place at the center of the tumultuous political events of mid-seventeenth-century England.

Contents
Illustrations xi
Abbreviations xiii
Acknowledgments xv
INTRODUCTION 1
ANNA TRAPNEL’S REPORT AND PLEA 41
Bibliography 137
Index 151
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