Journals Higher Education



Published: 20 January 2013

304 Pages | 8 black and white images

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199663965

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The Miraculous Conformist

Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain

Peter Elmer

  • The compelling story of the Irish healer Valentine Greatrakes, and his place in the history of seventeenth-century Britain, is told in full for the first time
  • Represents an interesting and original way to engage with a wide range of complex historical issues concerned with the religious, political, and intellectual life of the middle years of the seventeenth century
  • 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
  • Crosses the boundary between social, religious, political, intellectual history
  • Offers unique insights into the mind-sets of early modern men and women in a period of great change
  • Includes an extensive bibliography and useful and easily accessible appendices