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: 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: 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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Book Preview: What is mysticism?

This blog post discusses elements of the introduction to my forthcoming book due out in April 2019. You can find out more about the monograph here. The term ‘mysticism’ is often met with scepticism amongst scholars. What exactly does the word mean and how are we meant to use it? Decades of discussions about the validity of different definitions of the term have produced little clarity, while debates about which historical figures deserve the title…

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Book Chapter: George Herbert

In 2016 I was contacted about the possibility of contributing to a new edited collection addressing Protestant mysticism in early modern Europe. Vincent Evener and Ronald K. Rittgers had already gathered a number of expert scholars to write chapters on a wide variety of Protestant mystics and were looking for someone to write a chapter focusing specifically on examples of mysticism within English Protestantism. I was delighted to accept the opportunity and explore my ongoing…

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