Constructing the Political Prophet in 1640s England

Crome, Andrew
October 2011
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2011, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p279
Academic Journal
This article examines a series of pamphlets published between 1640-2, focused on seventeenth-century Biblical commentator Thomas Brightman (1562-1607). Although compiled by different editors, each pamphlet worked to construct a politically powerful image of Brightman as a prophet of the Civil War. This is seen in two distinct ways. Firstly, through the careful fashioning of an intertextual tradition used to provide additional support for Brightman's 'predictions'. Secondly, through the construction of Brightman as a martyr in the Foxean tradition. This tradition proved inherently unstable until its eventual collapse, with Brightman becoming a 'prophetic figurehead' in the Mother Shipton tradition.


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