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Earthquakes, Sin and John Shower

Robert A. Aubin

Abstract


The article is about the earthquake of September 8, 1692, that hit the southeastern counties of England and parts of the Continent. It focuses on the contemporary account of John Shower in his "Practical Reflections on the Late Earthquakes in Jamaica, England, Sicily, Malta, &c. Anno 1692. With a Particular, Historical Account of Those, and Divers Other Earthquakes" (1693). It represent a preacher's view of a natural disaster that moderates between religion and the new scientific spirit.

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