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

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/9780199663965.003.0004
‘An Exemplar of Candid and Sincere Christianity’: Greatrakes’ Mission to England, 1666

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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

Chapter.  22885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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