By Lionel Laborie

within the early smooth interval, the time period 'enthusiasm' was once a smear observe used to discredit the dissenters of the novel Reformation as risky spiritual fans. In England, the time period received prominence from the Civil conflict interval and through the eighteenth century. Anglican ministers and the proponents of the Enlightenment used it extra greatly opposed to Paracelsian chemists, experimental philosophers, non secular dissenters and divines, astrologers or a person claiming more suitable wisdom. yet who precisely have been those fans? What did they suspect in and what effect did they've got on their contemporaries? This booklet concentrates at the infamous case of the French Prophets because the epitome of spiritual enthusiasm in early Enlightenment England. in line with new archival learn, it retraces the formation, improvement and evolution in their circulate and sheds new gentle on key modern matters corresponding to millenarianism, censorship and the click, blasphemy, dissent and toleration, and madness

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