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Lead(e), Jane
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Lead(e), Jane, * 1623 (Norfolk), † 19 Aug 1704 (London)

Lead was born as Jane Ward in – according to her own account – a reasonably wealthy upper-class family. She and her family lived a good life, and she received a fine education. When she was fifteen, on a Christmas eve, she was dancing and celebrating with her family and friends, but heard a voice that told her ‘Cease from this, I have another Dance to lead thee in, for this is Vanity’. For three years she lived in melancholy isolation, occasionally r…

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Versluis, Arthur, “Lead(e), Jane”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_205>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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