Prophetic Writings of Lady Eleanor Davies by Eleanor Davies

Prophetic Writings of Lady Eleanor Davies

byEleanor DaviesEditorEsther S. Cope

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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Eleanor Davies (1590-1652) was one of the most prolific women writing in early seventeenth-century England. This volume includes thirty-eight of the sixty-some prophetic tracts that she published. Inspired to prophecy by a visionary experience in 1625, the year of Charles I's accession to thethrone, she devoted herself to warning her contemporaries that the Day of Judgement was imminent. Her zeal and her intricately constructed tracts confounded contemporaries who called her mad. She experienced repeated imprisonment and also confinement to Bedlam, London's mental hospital. The tractstell her own story as woman and prophet. They offer an opportunity to study her experiences as wife, mother, and widow; they also exhibit her extraordinary intellect, extensive education, and fascination with words. In showing how England's history was fulfilling the biblical prophecies in the bookof Daniel and the book of Revelation, she commented about the political and religious controversies of the turbulent period preceding and during the English Civil War and Revolution.

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Esther S. Cope is at University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
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Title:Prophetic Writings of Lady Eleanor DaviesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.27 × 5.35 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195087178

ISBN - 13:9780195087178

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"This book will be of use to anyone interested in English prophecy and apocalypticism in the reign of King Charles and the War of the Three Kingdoms, and to those interested in early modern women's religion of British aristocratic culture and family life."--Sixteenth Century Journal