[Milton-L] Cromwell and miracles

John Rumrich rumrich at mail.utexas.edu
Sun Jul 31 13:45:13 EDT 2005


Dear Matt

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!


John


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
> continues.
>
> 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 
> Charles's
> sensibilities.  According to the OED, scrofula is "a constitutional 
> disease
> characterized mainly by chronic enlargement and degeneration of the 
> lymphatic
> glands," or tuberculosis of the lymph glands.  "King's evil" seems to 
> have
> 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 
> matter,
> 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 
>> scrofula
>> (tuberculosis)????
>>
>> Interesting, indeed!
>>
>> But then, such feats were probably well within the realm of 
>> possibility for
>> someone who left us three "authentic" skulls . . .
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> 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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