'Like to an anatomy before us': Deborah Huish's Spiritual Experiences and the Attempt to Establish the Fifth Monarchy

Adcock, Rachel
April 2011
Seventeenth Century;Spring2011, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p44
Academic Journal
Deborah Huish's spiritual experiences were recorded and published by her brother-in-law William Allen in 1658 as The Captive Taken from the Strong. By examining her writings and prefatory materials by members of her Loughwood congregation, the article will both analyse the text as an 'anatomy' of Huish's inward spiritual condition, and also explore how her plight is used as an allegory for the troubles of God's chosen 'saints' on Earth (the Baptists and Fifth Monarchists). Disillusioned by Cromwell's constitution, the compilers express a desire to rally the diminishing saints to welcome in the Fifth Monarchy. Huish's release from Satan, which coincides with her baptism, is presented as an example of how the saints could, and would, overcome the powers of the antichrist, whether it be Satan or Cromwell.


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