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Postscript: Our Maternities: The Historical Legacy

Chris Laoutaris

in Shakespearean Maternities: Crises of Conception in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748624362
eISBN:
9780748671687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624362.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The maternal body has a rich and complex history. It is hoped that this book has been a first step towards recuperating a maternal body which is not historically passive but dynamic, active and ... More


A Secret of Nature? Descartes and the Philosophers

Richard Scholar

in The Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi in Early Modern Europe: Encounters with a Certain Something

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199274406
eISBN:
9780191706448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274406.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

It is commonly said in the early modern period that elusive qualities draw natural bodies together. This chapter offers a critical history of attempts to explain such preternatural forces in natural ... 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


The Prevalence of a Mundane Practice

in Believe Not Every Spirit: Possession, Mysticism, & Discernment in Early Modern Catholicism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226762821
eISBN:
9780226762951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226762951.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Demonic possessions were part and parcel of daily life in early modern Europe. Evil spirits could possess the body as well as the soul and inflict physiological pains as well as mental disturbances. ... More


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