Strange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds [NOOK Book]

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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. 


Using case studies from the Middle Ages and the early modern period, this book provides fascinating insights into the world-view of a vanished age and shows how such occurences fitted in quite naturally with the "common sense" of the time. ...

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Strange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds

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Overview

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. 


Using case studies from the Middle Ages and the early modern period, this book provides fascinating insights into the world-view of a vanished age and shows how such occurences fitted in quite naturally with the "common sense" of the time. Explanations of these phenomena, riveting and ultimately rational, encourage further reflection on what shapes our beliefs today.


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 this fascinating book.

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Editorial Reviews

Shepherd Express: Milwaukee
In his lively and slightly ironic account, Darren Oldridge ... finds nothing unreasonable in prosecuting horses, witches and wolfmen ... Strange Histories is more than an entertaining catalog of oddities.
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"Darren Oldridge's fascinating study of witches, angels, werewolves, heretics, persecution, and justice in the late medieval and Renaissance period is extraordinary because it is so contemporary, provocative, and insightful. By focusing on how reasonable and logical the belief systems of this historical period were, Oldridge compels readers to re-examine how we have arrogantly judged deeply held beliefs as superstitions and barbaric. Moreover, he suggests that we take a closer look at our own mores, values, and behaviors that are 'strangely' not much different from those of the late medieval and Renaissance period. His historical and cultural anthropological investigation reveals that our assumptions about the intolerance and absurd ideas of the past need to be critically re-examined if we are to deal with our own 'strange' behavior in the present." - Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134442157
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/2/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Darren Oldridge is a lecturer in history at University College Worcester. He is the editor of The WItchcraft Reader.

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Table of Contents


List of plates     viii
Preface     ix
Introduction: Strange Worlds     1
Angels on a Pinhead     20
They Hang Horses, Don't They?     40
The Roaming Dead     56
"A Shipwreck of Souls": Understanding Witchcraft     76
Werewolves and Flying Witches     96
Raptures and Forbidden Words     112
Suffering Saints     133
The Case for Killing Heretics     150
Conclusion: "The Edge of Wonder"     166
Notes     176
Index     193
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