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Flesh and SpiritAn anthology of seventeenth-century women's writing$
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Rachel Adcock, Sara Read, and Anna Ziomek

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090233

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090233.001.0001

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Elizabeth Major

Elizabeth Major

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Flesh and Spirit

Rachel Adcock

Sara Read

Anna Ziomek

Manchester University Press

This chapter comprises an introduction to Puritan writer Elizabeth Major and her published work, selected reading, and the edited text of her Honey on the Rod: Or a Comfortable Contemplation for One in Affliction (1656). Major suffered a debilitating illness in her mid-twenties that left her lame and in pain, and the title of her work showed that she saw this affliction as a correction from God's chastising ‘rod’, but that these sufferings were sweet because she was brought closer to him. This process is celebrated by her writings, which include a dialogue between ‘Soul’ and ‘Consolation’ and several poems.

Keywords:   Illness, Providence, Affliction, Suffering, Poetry, Conversion narrative

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