Anna Trapnel

Standard Name: Trapnel, Anna
Birth Name: Anna Trapnel
AT was a mid-seventeenth-century prophetic writer who published six tracts having strong sectarian and political import: expressing and even shaping the views of her Fifth Monarchist sect. Some of her printed works were taken down by others from words she spoke while lying in trances.


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Intertextuality and Influence Eva Figes
EF 's protagonist covers many topics: she speaks of her female experience (deaths of children in successive generations, anxiety for survivors, living with gendered contempt), her economic experience (the poverty of weavers, like her husband...
Textual Features Germaine Greer
Its nearly fifty poets include Margaret Cavendish , Katherine Philips , and Aphra Behn ; however, the anthology also presents more obscure writers like Diana Primrose , An Collins , Mary Carey , Anna Trapnel
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Antonia Fraser
The chapter When Women Preach discusses Lady Eleanor Douglas and (in more detail) Anna Trapnel . Petticoat-Authors (about the Restoration period) makes a number of mis-statements (understandable errors that would not have been made at...


Spring-summer 1647: A London Baptist girl in her teens, Sarah...

Women writers item

Spring-summer 1647

A LondonBaptist girl in her teens, Sarah Wight , fell into a months-long trance, the climax of four years of spiritual turmoil about which she later published a pamphlet.

1651: Manasseh ben Israel wrote from Amsterdam...

National or international item


Manasseh ben Israel wrote from Amsterdam to Oliver Cromwell to request legal admission for the Jews to England: he argued that this would help to bring about the birth of the Messiah.


Trapnel, Anna. A Legacy for Saints. T. Brewster, 1654.
Trapnel, Anna. A Voice for the King of Saints and Nations. 1657.
Trapnel, Anna. Anna Trapnel’s Report and Plea. T. Brewster, 1654.
Trapnel, Anna. “Introduction”. The Cry of a Stone, edited by Hilary Hinds, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2000, p. xiii - xlvii.
Trapnel, Anna. Strange and Wonderful Newes from White-Hall. R. Sale, 1654.
Trapnel, Anna. The Cry of a Stone. 1654.