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Ariel Hessayon's Panacea Society funded research project on Jacob Boehme's thought and influence

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‘All in All’: the prophetic thought and legacies of Jacob Boehme and Jane Lead

This is a three year research project funded by The Panacea Society about the prophetic thought and legacies of Jacob Boehme (1575–1624) and Jane Lead (1624–1704).

It was launched in September 2010 with a highly successful conference held at Oxford University on “Teutonic Philosophy”: Jacob Boehme (1575–1624) in context, his life and the reception of his writings’. Listen to the keynote addresses and the concluding debate.

Project elements

Project I: Companion volume on Jacob Boehme

The conference proceedings will be incorporated in a collection of essays.
Ariel Hessayon and Sarah Apetrei (eds.), An Introduction to Jacob Boehme: Four Centuries of Thought and Reception (Routledge, forthcoming)

Project II: Jacob Boehme’s theology and the reception of his writings in the English-speaking world from c.1600 to c.1850

  • volume 1, single authored by Ariel Hessayon, covering period c.1600–1704
  • volume 2, single authored by Ariel Hessayon, covering period 1704–c.1850
  • Appendix one. Seventeenth-century editions of Jacob Boehme’s works in English and Welsh: a census of extant copies [Ariel Hessayon & Leigh Penman]
  • Appendix two. Readers and Owners of Seventeenth-century editions of Jacob Boehme’s works in English and Welsh [Ariel Hessayon & Leigh Penman]

Project III: Visionary experience and mysticism in later Stuart Britain 

A single volume monograph by Sarah Apetrei.

Project IV: “Blessed Virago”: the international mysticism of Jane Lead

A one-day conference to be held in September 2012 at Shoreditch, London.

Project V: Extracts from the diary of John Sparrow (1615–1670), sometime of Dynes Hall, Essex, made by the antiquarian William Holman (1669–1730)

Ariel Hessayon and Leigh Penman (eds.), with an introduction by Ariel Hessay.

Project researchers

Dr Ariel Hessayon FRHistS (Principal investigator)

Dr Leigh Penman (Researcher)

Dr Jennifer Smyth (Researcher)