Date of Award
Restricted to Claremont Colleges Master's Thesis
School of Arts and Humanities
Lori Anne Ferrell
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© 2020 Courtney MacPhee
English Interregnum, Fifth Monarchists, itinerancy, prophecy, sectarians
As a Fifth Monarchist prophet, Trapnel believed it was her duty to spread the word about the ungodly nature of world powers and to warn others about the impending apocalypse, as prophesied in the Bible. Although Trapnel received visions from God as early as 1646, over the next eight years her prophecies shifted from typical millenarian content with the political climate. By March 1654, Trapnel had become a noticeable threat to the Council of the State and both Trapnel and the authorities she sought to dismantle escalated their attacks against each other. It was not solely Trapnel’s prophecies that made her a threat to the State, however. Rather, her unwavering commitment to converting her fellow citizens into Fifth Monarchists, her dramatic and pointed condemnations of state and religious authorities, and her willingness to travel throughout England to advocate for religious and political change all contributed to the State’s escalated surveillance and action against her.
MacPhee, Courtney. (2020). "I Will Write of Cornwall, Cornhell in the West": Prophecy, Itinerancy, and Anna Trapnel's Struggle with Cromwellian Authorities. CGU Theses & Dissertations, 691. https://scholarship.claremont.edu/cgu_etd/691.