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The Miraculous ConformistValentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain$
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Peter Elmer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199663965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.001.0001

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Epilogue and Conclusions

Epilogue and Conclusions

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The Miraculous Conformist

Peter Elmer

Oxford University Press

This chapter charts the life of Greatrakes from his return to Ireland in 1666 until his death in 1683, focusing on his continuing relationship with radical groups such as the Muggletonians, as well as his burgeoning friendship with the London magistrate Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey. In particular, it utilises a series of letters between the two men (which are reproduced in full as an appendix) and examines their significance in providing further insights into religious and political developments in Restoration Britain, culminating in the mysterious death of Godfrey in 1678. The work concludes by assessing the significance of Greatrakes’ life and career in an age in which many, Greatrakes among them, yearned for a return to political stability alongside a comprehensive and peaceful resolution of the nation's religious divisions.

Keywords:   Greatrakes, Godfrey, Popish Plot, Muggleton, Petty, Boyle, latitudinarian

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