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In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith Hardcover – December 15, 1997
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Compton's book consists of 30 chapters; each written as a biography of the various women Joseph Smith married, with the conspicuous absence of Emma Smith. This highlights and emphasizes the fact that, though Joseph had many wives, they were all rejected by Emma who vigorously opposed polygamy and the intrusions it brought into her home.
Studying Mormon history has become a mixed blessing. On one hand, historical scholarship of the subject has advanced greatly since Bodie's landmark "No man knows my History." On the other hand, excommunication of prominent historians (such as Quinn and Brodie) by the Mormon Church has resulted in much fear and distrust. For most Mormons, Todd Compton's book probably falls outside the designation of "faith promoting," and may be uncomfortable for many active members of the church.
Growing up in the Mormon Church, I learned several myths about early Mormon polygamy such as: 1. A man's wife had to approve the marriage to plural wives. 2. Most plural wives were older women whose husbands had died, and for whom polygamy represented safe heaven from a brutal world. 3. Most of Joseph's plural wives were sealed to him, but had no sexual relationship with him. 4. Joseph's plural wives never became pregnant from him. 5. There was never any admission or even mention of polyandry.
Through the biographies he has constructed, Compton exposes each of these myths.Read more ›
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I know nothing about the book but I bought it for my daughter because it was on her "wish list." She was very happy to receive it.Published 1 month ago by June L. Ettinger
I loved being able to get to know these women as much as their historical record would allow and having a central location to find it all.Published 4 months ago by Mike
I enjoyed this book so much. It helped me understand the nature of Joseph Smith's polygamy and gained a deeper appreciation for these women. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting and eye opening book about Polygamy in the early Mormon church. I found out information I never knew about the church and Joseph Smith. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephanie
The best work on Nauvoo polygamy and the women Smith married. This book is great historyPublished 5 months ago by book'em Joe
If you want the truth about the Mormon Church, read this book. Contrary to what the LDS Church told people for years, Joseph Smith had more than 30 wives, many of whom were... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Another Scholar