"Our understanding of eighteenth-century English industry, gender, and religion has been transformed during the last thirty years. The special merit of this symposium is to bring together researchers often pursuing their subjects in isolation. The conference producing these papers met, appropriately, in an area that saw industrial innovation, the ministry of the Methodist clergyman John Fletcher and his remarkable wife and female friends. This excellent collection sensitively illustrates the lives of working men, women, and believers and deserves to set the pattern for similar collaborations in future."
Henry Rack, Former Bishop Fraser Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History, University of Manchester
"What we actually have here is an interesting book that is mainly about religion and gender, with a focus on John and Mary Fletcher and their contributions to the growth of Methodism."
Michael Wheeler, in Church Times
"This is quite a specialised book, intended for the serious student. However, it is far from being either dull or heavy-going, and the end result leaves the reader feeling that s/he was present throughout the conference … There is always a danger, of course, in generalising from the particular, but although these studies focus on a particular idea, the contributors allow their research to speak for itself, and therein lies the book's basic integrity and undoubted excellence."
Barrie Tabraham, in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol 64, Issue 1
"[Religion, Gender and Industry] adds considerably though to our general understanding of the contexts and influences that helped to shape the movement that became eighteenth century Evangelicalism. It is to this enterprise that the volume as a whole makes a substantial contribution well worth the cover price."
Mark Smith, in Wesley and Methodist Studies, Vol 5, 2013
"... this volume is inherently interdisciplinary in its approach, and this is unquestionable one of its greatest strengths. ... these essays are very useful for examining religion and gender in eighteenth-century England. ... this will prove an important resource and a valuable addition to knowledge in this area."
Andrew Crome, University of Manchester, in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol 37, Issue 1