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A Small Moment of Great Illumination: Searching for Valentine Greatrakes, The Master Healer
A Small Moment of Great Illumination: Searching for Valentine Greatrakes, The Master Healer Leonard Pitt 1593761260 9781593761264 When Leonard Pitt first caught a glimpse of Valentine Greatrakes, it was in a footnote in a history
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A Small Moment of Great Illumination: Searching for Valentine Greatrakes, The Master Healer by Leonard Pitt

When Leonard Pitt first caught a glimpse of Valentine Greatrakes, it was in a footnote in a history of science: seventeenth-century Irish Healer was all it said. Little did Pitt imagine that this accidental distraction would provide fodder for such a long adventure. Renowned for his healing powers, Greatrakes stood at the center of one of the great controversies of his age involving scientists, theologians, physicians, and philosophers. Many proclaimed his cures a miracle. Others denounced him as a quack. Recent court battles affirm that the conflict between science and religion still rages, but what was the debate like in its earliest flowering? A Small Moment of Great Illumination visits England at the height of the Scientific Revolution to find the answer embodied in Greatrakes. Claiming he could heal others simply by touching them, Greatrakes became the target for a rising contest between the clergy and laymen who would champion the emerging scientific theories of the day. This biography traces his ascendance in the high societies of England and Ireland and his relationships with those who supported him despite the apparent contradictions of their respective fields. This book pieces together the life and times of an enigmatic, though forgotten, figure.

Author: Leonard Pitt

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 196

Publisher: Counterpoint

Publication Date: 2006-10-05

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ISBN: 1593761260


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