In 1625 Lady Eleanor Davies' life took a dramatic turn when, by her account in 1641, a "Heavenly voice" told her "There is Ninteene yeares and a halfe to the day of Judgement, and you as the meek Virgin". That same year she published her first treatise, A Warning to the Dragon, initiating her controversial career as a writer of prophetic tracts. Between 1641 and 1652 she would produce some 66 of them, using the Bible to gauge the cosmic significance of events, great and small, taking place in her nation and in her personal life. They focus on a complex of personal and political events that Lady Eleanor thought indicated the fast approach of the "last days" foretold by the biblical prophets Daniel and John of Patmos. A complement to Teresa Feroli's facsimile edition of Eleanor Davies' pre-1640 texts (Ashgate, 2000), this pair of volumes reproduces 60 texts from the corpus of 66 printed between 1641 and 1652.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introductory note; (Volume I) Writings 1641 -1646:The Lady Eleanor, her appeale to the High Court of Parliament (1641); Samsons Fall, presented to the House (1642) issued with To the most Honorable The High Court of Parliament Assembled (1643); To the most honorable the High Court of Parliament, issued with Samsons Legacie (1643); Amend, amend, God's kingdom is at hand (1643); The star to the wise (1643); The restitution of reprobates (1644); Apocalypsis Jesu Christi (1644); From the Lady Eleanor, her blessing to her beloved daughter (1644); The word of God to the citie of London, from the Lady Eleanor: of the Earle of Castle-Haven: condemn'd and beheaded: Aprille 25 1631 &c (1645); As not unknowne, though hath long beene deferd (1645); The bride's preparation (1645); Great Brittains visitation (1645); For Whitsontydes last feast: the present, (1645); The [2nd] com[ing of Our] Lo[rd] (1645); Of errors ioynd with Gods word (1645); A prayer or petition for peace (1645); Prophesie of the last day to be revealed in the last times, (1645); For the blessed feast of Easter(1646); The Lady Eleanor, her appeal (1646); Je le tien: the general restitution (1646); The Revelation interpreted by the La: Eleanor (1646).
Teresa Feroli is Associate Professor of English, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, USA