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The Miraculous ConformistValentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain$
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Peter Elmer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199663965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.001.0001

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

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

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The Miraculous Conformist
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Peter Elmer

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.003.0004

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 among his followers who were willing, publicly, to corroborate his cures. It concludes by suggesting that the Irish healer appealed to a wide cross-section of English society, including many men of social standing and intellectual prominence, whose defining characteristic was their faith in Greatrakes as an exemplary figure – a man of moderation and piety, who provided a role model for an eirenic and peaceable solution to the religious and political divisions of Restoration society.

Keywords:   Greatrakes, Restoration, London, Royal Society, church, latitudinarian, eirenic, Boyle, Cromwellian, body politic

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