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Record 1943

Reading Experience:

[difficulty of uneducated readers grasping the idea that there could be two versions of a story]. 'Therefore [Thomas Carter]... not only read Revelations literally: he assumed that the books of Kings and Chronicles were "unconnected narratives of two distinct series of events; and also that the four gospels were consecutive portions of the history of Jesus Christ, so that I supposed there had been four crucifixions, four resurrections and the like".'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Colchester
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Thomas Carter
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1792
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: labourer's son
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: The Bible - Revelation, Kings, Chronicles, Gospels
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1943  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 96
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 96,, accessed: 09 February 2023

Additional comments:

See Thomas Carter, 'Memoirs of a Working Man' (London, 1845)



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