Providence in Browne

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This chapter situates the providential rhetoric of Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici (1642/43) amidst the ‘war of words’ in which the Norwich physician’s essay adventitiously appeared but in which it nevertheless took part. More briefly, the chapter explores the continuities and discontinuities of Browne’s traffic in the language and doctrine of providence across his publications of the 1640s as compared to those of the later 1650s, to see if we might learn something of how Browne, a royalist and a lover of the established Church, made sense of the upheavals and dislocations of these decades. To do so, it considers the ways in which the doctrine of providence traversed and transected the fields of medicine, natural philosophy, politics, and religion in seventeenth-century England.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWords at war
Subtitle of host publicationthe contested language of the English Civil War
EditorsAndrew Hadfield, Paul Hammond
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780197267622
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2024

Publication series

NameProceedings of the British Academy


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