This article is from the The Religious Society of Friends FAQ, by Marc Mengel email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
The Religious Society of Friends was started in England around
1650, by many people, the most famous being George Fox. They
in fact intended to start a movement to unify the splintered
Christian churches, rather than to start a separate sect.
Many radical groups were formed in England about this time as a
result of the turmoil, economic injustice, and starvation caused
by the English Revolution and Civil War, and the repeated changes
between Catholicism and Anglicism in England; however most of these
groups disappeared soon after the restoration of the monarchy.