[Milton-L] Cromwell and miracles

John Rumrich rumrich at mail.utexas.edu
Sun Jul 31 13:56:14 EDT 2005


Sorry to have fallen into the reply as world-wide-broadcast trap.

On Jul 31, 2005, at 12:45 PM, John Rumrich wrote:

> 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?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -- 
>>> Internal Virus Database is out-of-date.
>>> Checked by AVG Anti-Virus.
>>> Version: 7.0.338 / Virus Database: 267.9.3/56 - Release Date: 
>>> 7/22/2005
>>>
>>> _______________________________________________
>>> Milton-L mailing list
>>> Milton-L at lists.richmond.edu
>>> Manage your list membership and access list archives at
>>> http://lists.richmond.edu/mailman/listinfo/milton-l
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> Milton-L mailing list
>> Milton-L at lists.richmond.edu
>> Manage your list membership and access list archives at 
>> http://lists.richmond.edu/mailman/listinfo/milton-l
>>
>
> _______________________________________________
> Milton-L mailing list
> Milton-L at lists.richmond.edu
> Manage your list membership and access list archives at 
> http://lists.richmond.edu/mailman/listinfo/milton-l
>



More information about the Milton-L mailing list