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The miraculous conformist : Valentine Greatrakes, the body politic, and the politics of healing in Restoration Britain

Author: Peter Elmer
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Print:
Elmer, Peter.
Miraculous conformist.
2013
Named Person: Valentine Greatrakes; Valentine Greatrakes
Material Type: Biography, Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Elmer
ISBN: 9780191745379 0191745375
OCLC Number: 939999370
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations, portraits
Contents: 1. Introduction ; 2. The Making of an Early Modern Miracle Healer: Valentine Greatrakes, 1629-1660 ; 3. Greatrakes, Ireland, and the Restoration, 1660-1665 ; 4. 'An Exemplar of Candid and Sincere Christianity': Greatrakes' Mission to England in 1666 ; 5. Healing, Witchcraft, and the Body Politic in Restoration Britain ; 6. Epilogue and conclusion ; Appendix 1: The family tree of Valentine Greatrakes ; Appendix 2: A biographical index of those either cured by Greatrakes, or who testified, witnessed, or commented upon his cures ; Appendix 3: Letters addressed to Valentine Greatrakes, 1666-1672 ; Bibliography ; Index
Responsibility: Peter Elmer.
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