Book Preview: Mysticism and Millenarianism

This blog post discusses elements of Chapter 5 of my forthcoming book due out in April 2019. You can find out more about the monograph here. The end of the seventeenth century in England witnessed a heightened belief in the imminent second coming of Christ. Millenarian works by writers such as Thomas Beverley and Edward Waple did much to ignite this fire of expectation, while events on the Continent, including the Revocation of the Edict…

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Book Preview: Mysticism vs Rationality

This blog post discusses elements of Chapter 4 of my forthcoming book due out in April 2019. You can find out more about the monograph here. One of the most substantial discussions of mysticism in seventeenth century England concerned its apparent incompatibility with reason and rationality. These debates were especially common in the early Restoration period in England, during which some Church of England apologists looked to rationality as an additional basis of faith. Theologians…

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Book preview: Melancholy and Mysticism

This blog post discusses elements of Chapter 3 of my forthcoming book due out in April 2019. You can find out more about the monograph here. One of the most devastating charges levelled at mysticism in the early modern period was the claim that is was nothing more than ‘gross enthusiasm’. It caused those who claimed authority through mystical visions to be questioned with greater scepticism than ever before. The result of this process was…

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Book Preview: Puritan Mysticism

This blog post discusses elements of Chapter 2 of my forthcoming book due out in April 2019. You can find out more about the monograph here. The phrase ‘Puritan mysticism’ has caused many scholars colossal headaches. Firstly, what exactly do we mean by ‘Puritan’ and ‘Puritanism’? Historians have spent decades trying to unpick the terms, debating exactly who should be known as a ‘Puritan’ and whether our labelling of individuals as such is misrepresentative. It…

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Book Preview: Augustine Baker’s Mysticism

This blog post discusses elements of Chapter 1 of my forthcoming book due out in April 2019. You can find out more about the monograph here. The Benedictine monk Augustine Baker is a pivotal figure in the narrative explored across Mysticism in Early Modern England. His works not only inspired a wide range of devotional outpourings within Benedictine convents but had a wider impact on English Protestants in the seventeenth century. Baker’s work was discussed…

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