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Werewolves, Witches, and Wandering Spirits: Traditional Belief and Folklore in Early Modern Europe

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Bringing together scholars from Europe, America, and Australia, this volume explores the more fantastic elements of popular religious belief: ghosts, werewolves, spiritualism, animism, and of course, witchcraft. These traditional religious beliefs and practices are frequently treated as marginal in more synthetic studies of witchcraft and popular religion, yet Protestants and Catholics alike saw ghosts, imps, werewolves, and other supernatural entities as populating their world. Embedded within notarial and trial...
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Bringing together scholars from Europe, America, and Australia, this volume explores the more fantastic elements of popular religious belief: ghosts, werewolves, spiritualism, animism, and of course, witchcraft. These traditional religious beliefs and practices are frequently treated as marginal in more synthetic studies of witchcraft and popular religion, yet Protestants and Catholics alike saw ghosts, imps, werewolves, and other supernatural entities as populating their world. Embedded within notarial and trial records are accounts that reveal the integration of folkloric and theological elements in early modern spirituality. Drawing from extensive archival research, the contributors argue for the integration of such beliefs into our understanding of late medieval and early modern Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931112086
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Expanding the Analysis of Traditional Belief vii
Dancerous Spirits: Shapeshifting, Apparitions, and Fantasy in Lorraine Witchcraft Trials 1
Living with the Dead: Ghosts in Early Modern Bavaria 25
Reformed or Recycled? Possession and Exorcism in the Sacramental Life of Early Modern France 55
Revisiting El Encubierto: Navigating between Visions of Heaven and Hell on Earth 77
Worms and the Jews: Jews, Magic, and Community in Seventeenth-Century Worms 93
Asmodea: A Nun-Witch in Eighteenth-Century Tuscany 119
When Witches Became False: Seducteurs and Credules Confront the Paris Police at the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century 137
God killed Saul: Heinrich Bullinger and Jacob Ruef on the Power of the Devil 155
Such an Impure, Cruel, and Savage Beast...: Images of the Werewolf in Demonological Works 181
Charcot, Freud, and the Demons 199
Contributors 217
Index 221
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