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: (volume II) Writings 1647-1652: The gatehouse salutation (1647); The mystery of general redemption (1647); Ezekiel the prophet explained as follows (1647); Ezekiel, Cap. 2 (1647); The excommunication out of Paradise (1647); Reader, the heavy hour at hand (1648); Wherefore to prove the thing (1648); The writ of restitution (1648); Apocalyps, Chap.11 (1648); Of the general great days approach (1648); The Lady Eleanor her remonstrance to Great Britain (1648); Given to the Elector Prince Charles of the Rhyne (1648); Her appeal from the court to the camp (1649); The blasphemous charge against her (1649); The crying charge (1649); The new Jerusalem at hand (1649); A prayer or petition for peace (1644), reissued with a prayer or letter (1649); Sions lamentation (1649); Strange and wonderfull prophesies (1649); For the right noble Sir Balthazar Gerbier Knight (1649); For the most honorable States sitting at White-Hall (1649); A sign given them (1649); The everlasting gospel (1649); The new proclamation in answer to a letter (1649); The arraignment (1650); The Bill of Excommunication (1650); The appearance or presence of the Son of Man (1650); Before the Lord's 2nd coming (1650); Elijah the Tishbite's supplication when presented with the likeness of a hand &c (Kings18) (1650); The Lady Eleanor Douglas, dowger, her iubiles plea or appeal (1650); Hells destruction (1651); Of times and seasons their mystery (1651); The serpents excommunication (1651); The benidiction from the A:lmighty O:mnipotent (1651); Given to the Elector Prince Charls of the Rhyne from the Lady Eleanor, Anno 1633 (1651) bound with The dragons blasphemous charge against her (1651); The resitution of prophecy; that buried talent to be revived (1651); Tobits book, a lesson appointed for Lent (1652); Bethlehem signifying the house of bread or war (1652).
Teresa Feroli, Associate Professor of English, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, USA