“Great Lives” on BBC Radio 4 – Quaker founder George Fox

The “Great Lives” series on BBC Radio 4 has taken a look at the life of George Fox in it’s latest episode. You can stream or download the episode here.

George Fox, born in 1624 in Leicestershire, is best known as the founder of the Quakers. In early life he was apprenticed to a shoemaker, and for a while he worked as a shepherd as well. But it was as a preacher travelling widely across the land that he made his name, and also received the most abuse. As he writes: “… the people fell upon me in great rage, struck me down and almost stifled and smothered me. And I was cruelly beaten and bruised by them with their hands, Bibles and sticks.”