James Nayler has been an enduring enigma to historians. He’s been considered a madman and a saint. A variety of perspectives and interpretations, often conflicting, from political, sociological, psychological, theological, and literary standpoints have been offered; but one undeniable fact about Nayler that historians can agree on is that he was a charismatic figure. His charisma rivaled George Fox in the earliest period of the Quaker movement. But he was largely lost in the dustbins of Quaker history until the twentieth century, when four modern biographies were written as well as numerous scholarly articles in Quaker journals. And he continues to generate interest in many Quaker circles.
Spencer, Carole Dale
"Review of David Lewis, A World from the Lost: Remarks on James Nayler's Love to the Lost and a Hand Held Forth to the Helpless to Lead Out of the Dark (Inner Light Books, 2019),"
Quaker Religious Thought: Vol. 136, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/qrt/vol136/iss1/8