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The Miraculous Conformist: Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain

Peter Elmer

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199663965
eISBN:
9780191745379
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

In 1666 an Irish gentleman called 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, ... More


Introduction

Peter Elmer

in The Miraculous Conformist: Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199663965
eISBN:
9780191745379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

The introductory chapter provides a brief account of Greatrakes, the methodology of ‘thick description’ as a basis for this particular study, and a brief outline of the five main chapters that follow.


The Making of an Early Modern Miracle Healer: Valentine Greatrakes, 1629–1660

Peter Elmer

in The Miraculous Conformist: Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199663965
eISBN:
9780191745379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

This chapter charts the life of Greatrakes, from his origins as a second generation Protestant settler in southern Ireland to his experiences as a young man, firstly as exile in England during the ... More


Greatrakes, Ireland, and the Restoration, 1660–1665

Peter Elmer

in The Miraculous Conformist: Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199663965
eISBN:
9780191745379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

This chapter focuses on Greatrakes’ response to events in Ireland following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. Threatened with financial ruin by the potential loss of lands accumulated in the ... More


‘An Exemplar of Candid and Sincere Christianity’: Greatrakes’ Mission to England, 1666

Peter Elmer

in The Miraculous Conformist: Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199663965
eISBN:
9780191745379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

This chapter recounts what happened when Greatrakes opted to visit England in 1666, a year in which all manner of wonders was widely expected. In particular, it provides a detailed analysis of those ... More


Healing, Witchcraft, and the Body Politic in Restoration Britain

Peter Elmer

in The Miraculous Conformist: Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199663965
eISBN:
9780191745379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

This chapter extends the analysis of Greatrakes cures to include discussion of his own peculiar explanation for the success of his cures, which he construed as a form of exorcism. Greatrakes, as ... More


Epilogue and Conclusions

Peter Elmer

in The Miraculous Conformist: Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199663965
eISBN:
9780191745379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

This chapter charts the life of Greatrakes from his return to Ireland in 1666 until his death in 1683, focusing on his continuing relationship with radical groups such as the Muggletonians, as well ... More


‘Every Where Environ’d, and Incessantly Touch’d’: Natural Philosophies of Feeling in Seventeenth-Century England

Joe Moshenska

in Feeling Pleasures: The Sense of Touch in Renaissance England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780198712947
eISBN:
9780191781377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712947.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter begins with the correspondence between Henry More and Descartes concerning the tangibility of matter and of God. It then turns to Lucretius’s account of experiences of touch below the ... More


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