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Strange Histories presents a serious account of some of the most extraordinary occurrences of European and North American history and explains how they made sense to people living at the time.
From grisly anecdotes about ghosts, to stories of witches and werewolves, the book uses case studies from the Middle Ages and the early modern period and provides fascinating insights into the world-view of a vanished age. It shows how such occurences fitted in quite naturally with the "common sense" of the time and offers explanations of these riveting and ultimately rational phenomena.
What made reasonable, educated men and women behave in ways that seem utterly nonsensical to us today? This question and many more are answered in the fascinating book.
1. Introduction 2. Angels on a Pinhead 3. They Hang Horses, Don't They? 4. The Roaming Dead 5. A Shipwreck of Souls: Understanding Witchcraft 6. Werewolves and Flying Witches 7. Raptures and Forbidden Words 8. Suffering Saints 9. The Case for Killing Heretics 10. Conclusion: The Edge of Wonder