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The miraculous conformist [electronic resource] : Valentine Greatrakes, the body politic, and the politics of healing in Restoration Britain /
Peter Elmer.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
description
xiii, 279 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0199663963 (hbk.), 9780199663965 (hbk.)
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Book
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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
isbn
0199663963 (hbk.)
9780199663965 (hbk.)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction -- The Making of an Early Modern Miracle Healer: Valentine Greatrakes, 1629-1660 -- Greatrakes, Ireland, and the Restoration, 1660-1665 -- 'An Exemplar of Candid and Sincere Christianity': Greatrakes' Mission to England in 1666 -- Healing, Witchcraft, and the Body Politic in Restoration Britain -- Epilogue and conclusion.
abstract
This title tells the compelling story of Irish healer Valentine Greatrakes and outlines his place in the history of 17th-century Britain, revealing a fascinating account of his engagement with important events of the period, including the Irish Rebellion of 1641, the English civil wars, the Cromwellian Conquest of Ireland, and the Restoration of 1660.
catalogue key
9982525
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-264) and index.
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Elmer's forte is micro-biography, and, through meticulous attention to an extraordinary range of manuscript and printed sources, he has built up a profile of those to whom Gratrakes appealed... fascinating
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This title tells the compelling story of Irish healer Valentine Greatrakes and outlines his place in the history of 17th-century Britain, revealing a fascinating account of his engagement with important events of the period, including the Irish Rebellion of 1641, the English civil wars, the Cromwellian Conquest of Ireland, and the Restoration of 1660.
Main Description
In 1666 Valentine Greatrakes achieved brief but widespread fame as a miracle healer. Dubbed the 'Stroker', he is widely believed to have touched and cured thousands of men, women, and children suffering from a large range of acute diseases and chronic conditions. His actions attracted the attention of the King, Charles II, as well as other eminent figures at court and in the various institutions of government and learning, including the newly founded Royal Society. However, there was little consensus as to the nature and origin of his gift and, following a brief period of intense lobbying on his behalf, he retired to Ireland and relative obscurity. Most histories of this period rarely grant the strange events surrounding the appearance of Greatrakes much more than an occasional footnote. Here, however, for the first time the compelling story of Greatrakes the man, and his place in the history of seventeenth-century Britain, is told in full for the first time. Based on extensive research in Irish and English archives, it reveals a fascinating account of one man's engagement with, and response to, some of the most important events of the period, including the Irish Rebellion of 1641, the English civil wars, the Cromwellian Conquest of Ireland, and the Restoration of 1660. In the process, it shows how Greatrakes' claims to heal the bodies of the sick and maimed were in large part a response to broader divisions within the fractured body politic of Britain - an approach that was enthusiastically received by many prominent figures in church and state who were eager to seek reconciliation and rapprochement in the early years of the Restoration.
Main Description
In 1666 Valentine Greatrakes achieved brief but widespread fame as a miracle healer. Dubbed the 'Stroker', he is widely believed to have touched and cured thousands of men, women, and children suffering from a large range of acute diseases and chronic conditions. His actions attracted theattention of the King, Charles II, as well as other eminent figures at court and in the various institutions of government and learning, including the newly founded Royal Society. However, there was little consensus as to the nature and origin of his gift and, following a brief period of intenselobbying on his behalf, he retired to Ireland and relative obscurity.Most histories of this period rarely grant the strange events surrounding the appearance of Greatrakes much more than an occasional footnote. Here, however, for the first time the compelling story of Greatrakes the man, and his place in the history of seventeenth-century Britain, is told in full forthe first time. Based on extensive research in Irish and English archives, it reveals a fascinating account of one man's engagement with, and response to, some of the most important events of the period, including the Irish Rebellion of 1641, the English civil wars, the Cromwellian Conquest ofIreland, and the Restoration of 1660. In the process, it shows how Greatrakes' claims to heal the bodies of the sick and maimed were in large part a response to broader divisions within the fractured body politic of Britain - an approach that was enthusiastically received by many prominent figuresin church and state who were eager to seek reconciliation and rapprochement in the early years of the Restoration.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Making of an Early Modern Miracle Healer: Valentine Greatrakes, 1629-1660p. 11
Greatrakes, Ireland, and the Restoration, 1660-1665p. 50
'An Exemplar of Candid and Sincere Christianity': Greatrakes' Mission to England, 1666p. 75
Healing, Witchcraft, and the Body Politic in Restoration Britainp. 111
Epilogue and Conclusionsp. 154
The family tree of Valentine Greatrakesp. 181
A biographical index of those either cured by Greatrakes or who testified, witnessed or commented upon his curesp. 183
Letters addressed to Valentine Greatrakes, 1666-1672p. 211
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 265
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