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Early American Illuminated Manuscripts from the Ephrata Cloister: Exhibition Catalog
Cynda L. Benson (au); Suzannah J. Fabing (fr); Charles C. Eldredge (in)
The Ephrata Cloister was an 18th-cent. society of radical Pietist Germans founded by Georg Conrad Beissel (1691-1768), a charismatic mystic. In 1720 he & a few companions sought a new life in William Pennís land of religious freedom, eventually settling on the Pennsylvania frontier & establishing a communal society that followed a rule of ascetic devotion. In 1732 Beissel moved to the banks of the Cocalico Creek, in what is now Lancaster County, PA, & was followed by devoted disciples. The number of converts increased until a communal way of life was established & the Ephrata Cloister was begun. This catalog discusses the history & daily activities of Ephrata Cloister, including its unique form of choral hymnody, its press & scriptorium. Illustrations.
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