[Milton-L] Cromwell and miracles
rumrich at mail.utexas.edu
Sun Jul 31 13:45:13 EDT 2005
I'm glad you still describe yourself as a Ph.D. candidate. So write
something and send it to me. Let's get it done, or at least underway!
On Jul 31, 2005, at 10:25 AM, tuck at mail.utexas.edu wrote:
> I agree with John Hale -- this thread is very interesting and I hope it
> Whether or not we now believe a particular disease exists that can be
> cured only
> by a prince's touch (and I assume none of us does), the idea had a
> strong hold
> in 1660. Charles II and his propagandists made good use of it; my
> guess is OC
> didn't, though I don't know.
> The actual touching might not have been very agreeable to a man with
> sensibilities. According to the OED, scrofula is "a constitutional
> characterized mainly by chronic enlargement and degeneration of the
> glands," or tuberculosis of the lymph glands. "King's evil" seems to
> involved usually visible (and palpable), itchy sores and pustules.
> Elyot in
> 1540, again from the OED, defines it as "Swellinges in the neck ful of
> called the kinges evyll." Not what we normally think of now as TB
> (tuberculosis of the lungs).
> Matthew Tucker
> Ph.D. Candidate
> University of Texas at Austin
> Quoting Carol Barton <cbartonphd at earthlink.net>:
>> John . . . are you seriously suggesting that *anyone's* touch cured
>> Interesting, indeed!
>> But then, such feats were probably well within the realm of
>> possibility for
>> someone who left us three "authentic" skulls . . .
>> Carol Barton
>> John Hale wrote (in part):
>> 3. We should instead or as well be hearing about OC's powers as a
>> curer of
>>> the (interestingly named!) King's evil. If he did cure this, what
>>> was the
>>> timing in relation to his status and rumoured aspirations?
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