George Fox DVD, PAL
This 13 minute George Fox film on DVD tells the story of George Fox and the early beginnings of the Religious Society of Friends in the mid 17th century. Using the embroidered panels of the Quaker Tapestry, interspersed with location filming in the ‘Westmorland’ area, the scene is set to give us a taste of the prevailing political and social climate at that time and an introduction to the origins of the basic Quaker values and beliefs.
After the Civil War and the previous periods of constant religious change England was a nation in turmoil. George Fox (1624-1691), the founder of Quakers, was an enquiring young man who, like many others at the time, was searching for a more accessible way to God. George Fox was born in Drayton-in-the-Clay, now known as Fenny Drayton, in Leicestershire. Already spiritually troubled, at the age of 19 he wandered the country seeking advice from both priest and dissenter. But these conversations brought him little comfort. He slipped through towns as a stranger and sought out solitude. Answers to his questions would eventually come not from the lips of others, but from within himself. George had the conviction, determination and opportunity to put forward a radical approach to religion.
You can see this film within the exhibition at Kendal.