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The Making of an Early Modern Miracle Healer: Valentine Greatrakes, 1629–1660

Peter Elmer

in The Miraculous Conformist

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199663965
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745379 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.003.0002
The Making of an Early Modern Miracle Healer: Valentine Greatrakes, 1629–1660

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This chapter charts the life of Greatrakes, from his origins as a second generation Protestant settler in southern Ireland to his experiences as a young man, firstly as exile in England during the civil war, and then as a soldier, administrator and property speculator in the aftermath of the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. It emphasises the pragmatic nature of Greatrakes’ response to these events, while stressing the breadth of his social, religious and political connections in an age of flux and uncertainty.

Keywords: Greatrakes; civil war; Cromwellian; Ireland; land settlement; Devon; radicalism; Boyle

Chapter.  22224 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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