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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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Lady Elizabeth Delaval

Lady Elizabeth Delaval

Chapter:
(p.197) 8 Lady Elizabeth Delaval
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Flesh and Spirit
Author(s):

Rachel Adcock

Sara Read

Anna Ziomek

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090233.003.0009

This chapter comprises an introduction to the autobiographical meditations and prayers written by Lady Elizabeth Delaval (1649-1717), selected reading, and extracts from these manuscript writings. Written between 1663 and 1672, her meditations explored the relationship between her inconsistent religious obedience and her physical condition. Delaval was a Royalist and as such a staunch Anglican, but remained convinced she was led from a pious path by those around her, including her Presbyterian lady's maid and companion. She wrote about her toothache (and experiencing the unpleasant sensation of tooth worms); her cure at the hands of an itinerant woman healer whom she thought was providentially supplied by God; her experience of being tempted by the Devil to eat too much fruit and other ‘dainties’ which led to illnesses which she ascribed to a humoral imbalance; and also reflected on large-scale epidemics including outbreaks of plague in the 1660s.

Keywords:   Humoral theory, Toothache, Meditation, Plague, Autobiography, Anglicanism, Illness

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