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Adams, Mary (supp. fl. 1652), self-proclaimed virgin mother, is a fiction whose existence rests in the creation of one pamphlet formed around her alleged misdeeds and blasphemies. This work is called The Ranters Monster and was printed in London for George Horton in March 1652. ...

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Avery [née Parker], Elizabeth (fl. 1614–1653), prophetess, was the daughter of Robert Parker (c. 1564–1614) and his wife, Dorothy Stevens (d. 1649/50). She was one of three children; her sister, Sarah, was baptized on 15 April 1593 and her brother, Thomas Parker (1595–1677)...

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Barltrop, Mabel [name in religion Octavia] (1866–1934), prophet and founder of the Panacea Society, was born at 1 Granville Terrace, Montpelier Road, Rye Lane, Peckham, Surrey, on 11 January 1866, the only daughter of Augustus Charles Andrews (1827/8–1875), banker's clerk, and his wife, ...

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Barton, Elizabeth [called the Holy Maid of Kent, the Nun of Kent] (c. 1506–1534), Benedictine nun and visionary, is of obscure origins. Nothing is known about her early life or family. Barton is unlikely to have received any sort of formal education during her childhood, and she was almost certainly illiterate. By the time she first entered the public arena, at the age of nineteen, she was working as a servant in the household of a certain ...

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Bathurst, Ann (b. c. 1638, d. in or before 1704), diarist and prophet, is of unknown parentage. What little is known of her origins is found in the eight-page autobiography that begins her two-volume diary, 'Rhapsodical Meditations and Visions', a manuscript that covers the period 17 March 1679 to 21 October 1696 (...

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Burton, Catharine [name in religion Mary Xaviera of the Angels] (1668–1714), Carmelite visionary and prioress of the English Carmel, Hopland, was born on 4 November 1668 at Beyton, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, the daughter of the devout recusant yeoman Thomas Burton...

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Cary, Mary (b. 1620/21), millenarian, is known only through her publications, which reveal little of her background. At first she identified herself by initials alone, styling herself a 'minister or servant of the Gospel' (The Resurrection of the Witnesses, 1648...

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Channel, Elinor (fl. 1654), prophetess, of unknown parents, was an inhabitant of Cranleigh, near Guildford in Surrey. By the spring of 1654 she was married to 'a very poor man' and had at least four children, three of whom were very young (...

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Davies [née Touchet; other married name Douglas], Lady Eleanor (1590–1652), prophetess, was the fifth daughter of George Touchet, eleventh Baron Audley (1550/51–1617), and his first wife, Lucy Mervyn (d. 1609/10), daughter of Sir James Mervyn of Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire. She had two younger brothers. Her father's barony was recalled in one of the variants of her name which she was to deploy in her writings: ...

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Drake [née Tothill], Joan (1585/6–1625), gentlewoman and puritan exemplar, was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, the daughter of William Tothill (1560–1626), of Shardeloes, Buckinghamshire, one of the six clerks in chancery and 'sometime secretary to Francis Bacon' (Williams, 116). ...

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Favereches [Favarches], Richeldis de (fl. c. 1130), visionary and supposed founder of Walsingham Priory, is known from her story as told in a ballad printed by Richard Pynson c.1496. According to this ballad, the noble Richeldis, a widow of Walsingham, Norfolk, had a vision in which she was commanded by the ...

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Geddie, Emelia [Emilia] (1665–1681), child prophet and exemplar of godliness, was born at Hilltown of Falkland, Fife, one of three children (her two brothers died young) of John Gedde of Hilltown of Falkland (fl. 1647–1697), steward clerk of Fife, and Anne Wallace (...

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Hatfield [married name Nesbit], Martha (b. 1640), prophet, was born on 27 September 1640, the third child and second daughter of Anthony Hatfield (1598–1666) of Laughton-en-le-Morthen, West Riding of Yorkshire, and his second wife, Faith (d. 1659), daughter of Thomas Westby...