Medicine, Religion, and Magic in Early Stuart England: Richard Napier's Medical Practice

Author:   Ofer Hadass
Publisher:   Pennsylvania State University Press
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9780271080192


Pages:   232
Publication Date:   17 June 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Medicine, Religion, and Magic in Early Stuart England: Richard Napier's Medical Practice


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The astrologer-physician Richard Napier (1559-1634) was not only a man of practical science and medicine but also a master of occult arts and a devout parish rector who purportedly held conversations with angels. This new interpretation of Napier reveals him to be a coherent and methodical man whose burning desire for certain, true knowledge contributed to the contemporary venture of putting existing knowledge to useful ends. Originally trained in theology and ordained as an Anglican priest, Napier later studied astrological medicine and combined astrology, religious thought, and image and ritual magic in his medical work. Ofer Hadass draws on a remarkable archive of Napier's medical cases and religious writings-including the interviews he claimed to have held with angels-to show how Napier's seemingly inconsistent approaches were rooted in an inclusive and coherent worldview, combining equal respect for ancient authority and for experientially derived knowledge. Napier's endeavors exemplify the fruitful relationship between religion and science that offered a well-founded alternative to the rising mechanistic explanation of nature at the time. Carefully researched and compellingly told, Medicine, Religion, and Magic in Early Stuart England is an insightful exploration of one of the most fascinating figures at the intersection of medicine, magic, and theology in early modern England and of the healing methods employed by physicians of the era.

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Author:   Ofer Hadass
Publisher:   Pennsylvania State University Press
Imprint:   Pennsylvania State University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 23.50cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.422kg
ISBN:  

9780271080192


ISBN 10:   0271080191
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   17 June 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Contents List of Illustrations List of Symbols Acknowledgments Conventions Introduction 1. Astrological Medicine 2. Astral Magic 3. Converse with Angels 4. Religion and Knowledge Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Hadass successfully explores the interaction of astrological, magical, and angelic divination with theological understandings in the work of Richard Napier, providing for the first time a rounded view of this Anglican priest-physician and an invaluable guide to those wishing to use Napier's uniquely rich collection of manuscripts. --Jonathan Barry, author of Witchcraft and Demonology in South-West England, 1640-1789


Hadass successfully explores the interaction of astrological, magical, and angelic divination with theological understandings in the work of Richard Napier, providing for the first time a rounded view of this Anglican priest-physician and an invaluable guide to those wishing to use Napier's uniquely rich collection of manuscripts. -Jonathan Barry, author of Witchcraft and Demonology in South-West England, 1640-1789


Author Information

Ofer Hadass is Director of Technology at the Division of Health Insurances of Clalit Health Services and Research Fellow at the Center for Health, Humanism, and Society, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

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