Prophetic Writings of Lady Eleanor Davies / Edition 1

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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 prophetic tracts that she published. Inspired to prophecy by a visionary experience in 1625, the year Charles I took the throne, she devoted herself to warning her contemporaries that the Day of Judgement was imminent, and prophesied doom for Charles I and Archbishop Laud. Her zeal and her intricately constructed tracts confounded contemporaries, who considered her mad. She experienced repeated imprisonment and also confinement to Bedlam, London's mental hospital.

Like the biblical prophets who were her models, Davies wove her own life story into the prophesies; these selected tracts offer an opportunity to study Davies's experiences as wife, mother, and widow. In showing how England's history was fulfilling the biblical prophecies in the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation, Davies commented about the political and religious controversies of the turbulent period preceding and during the English Civil War.

This latest addition to the Women Writers in English series allows us to see the way an extraordinary woman constructed her story. Esther Cope's critical introduction and annotation of the tracts enables readers to appreciate Davies's intellect, learning, and fascination with words, and, finally, to understand her prophetic mission.

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"[An] important addition to the 'canon' in carefully edited, accessible, and affordable text."--Dr. K. Blumreich, Grand Valley State University

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195087178
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Women Writers in English 1350-1850 Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Nebraska, Lincoln
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations of Titles
A Warning to the Dragon and all his Angels 1
Woe to the House 57
Given to the Elector Prince Charles of the Rhyne 59
Bathe Daughter of BabyLondon 71
Spirituallä Antheme: Elea. Tuichet 73
The Lady Eleanor Her Appeal to the High Court of Parliament 75
To the most honorable the High Court of Parliament and Samsons Legacie 85
The Star to the Wise 101
From the Lady Eleanor, Her Blessing 115
A Prayer or Petition for Peace 131
As Not Unknowne. This Petition or Prophesie 139
Great Brittains Visitation 143
For Whitson Tyds Last Feast 157
For the Blessed Feast of Easter 163
The Day of Judgments Modell 173
The Lady Eleanor Her Appeal. Present this to Mr. Mace 181
Je le tien. The General Restitution 199
The Gatehouse Salutation 217
Ezekiel the Prophet Explained 221
The Excommunication out of Paradice 225
Reader, the Heavy Hour at Hand 235
The Writ of Restitution 239
Her Appeal from the Court to the Camp. Dan. 12 245
The Blasphemous Charge Against Her 249
The Crying Charge 255
The New Jerusalem at Hand 259
Sions Lamentation, Lord Henry Hastings 271
A Sign Given Them Being Entred into the Day of Judgment 277
The Everlasting Gospel 285
The Bill of Excommunication 293
The Appearance or Presence of the Son of Man 309
Before the Lords Second Coming 317
Elijah the Tishbites Supplication 325
The Lady Eleanor Douglas, Dowger, Her Jubile's Plea 329
Hells Destruction 333
The Benediction. From the A:lmighty O:mnipotent. I Have an Errand 341
The Restitution of Prophecy 343
Bethlehem Signifying the House of Bread 369
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