Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 April 2010

240 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719081279

Bookseller Code (06)


An age of wonders

Prodigies, politics and providence in England 1657-1727

William E. Burns

Published by Manchester University Press

  • In early modern England, monstrous births, rains of blood and apparitions of battles in the sky carried important religious and political meanings
  • Explores the process by which these events became religiously and politically insignificant in the Restoration period
  • Discusses the establishment of early modern science, the shift from 'enthusiastic' to reasonable religion, and the fierce political combat between the Whigs and the Tories
  • Based on close readings of a variety of primary sources, both in print and in manuscript form

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