That friend who is writing the dissertation at Notre Dame on the Book of Nature - I sent him an obscure article I had run across along with some comments about this series. He informs me that historian Alexandra Walsham wrote a book about this topic in 1999. It is highly gratifying to have an expert back me up on this Wyrd and Providence thing.
Book goes to wish list, of course.
$55. Ouch. Maybe not.