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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Life at One of England’s Last Tolstoyan Communes

The Brotherhood Church of Stapleton is one of Britain’s two remaining Tolstoyan communes. The commune can trace its history back more than a hundred years. In 1894, when Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was at the height of his fame, a group of acolytes known as the Croydon Brotherhood founded Purleigh, the first community in the United Kingdom governed by the principles laid out by the Russian novelist—who, following a mid-life moral crisis, had begun writing philosophical works in which he outlined his belief in Jesus Christ as a human prophet who preached pacifism, communal living, and a general distrust of governing bodies. Tolstoy quickly gained a cult-like following both at home and abroad—which he somewhat disapproved of, on the grounds that to follow a human leader was to ignore one’s own conscience.

More:The New Yorker

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