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Melancholy and the doctrine of reprobation in English puritan culture, 1550-1640

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The thesis examines the relationship between reprobation fears and melancholic illness in puritan culture over a period of approximately ninety years. Reprobation formed part of the Calvinist doctrine of double predestination, by which God had chosen a few for salvation (the elect), and many for destruction (the reprobate). When a person came to believe that they were reprobate, this could give rise to symptoms of fear and despair similar to those associated with melancholy (an imbalance...

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Merton College
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HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
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Supervisor
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HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
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Supervisor
Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
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English
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2013-07-02

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