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Susanna's Marriage - Abstract

This paper examines Susanna’s marriage to Samuel Wesley. It views the marriage within the values and attitudes of their own day, in which marriage was a highly political and theological relationship. In this context, Susanna and Samuel’s breach of 1701 and their subsequent relationship can be seen as one in which their Tory ideals were tested. In politics, absolute obedience to the ruler had been swept away in 1689, but in the household the duty of obedience remained strong and this was at the core of the tension between the two. The paper questions whether we can indict Samuel Wesley for being unreasonable, or acquit Susanna of the charge of being defiant

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