Witchcraft and Hysteria in Elizabethan London: EEdward Jorden and the Mary Glover Case

Witchcraft and Hysteria in Elizabethan London: EEdward Jorden and the Mary Glover Case

by Michael MacDonald
     
 

Witchcraft was at its height in Elizabethan London. Edward Jorden showed that hysteria and not demons lay behind the witch-craze.
Edward Jorden's Briefe Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother (1603) is said to have reclaimed the demoniacally possessed for medicine and to have introduced the concept of hysteria into English psychiatry.See more details below

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Witchcraft was at its height in Elizabethan London. Edward Jorden showed that hysteria and not demons lay behind the witch-craze.
Edward Jorden's Briefe Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother (1603) is said to have reclaimed the demoniacally possessed for medicine and to have introduced the concept of hysteria into English psychiatry. The aim of this book is to reassess the reasons why Jorden wrote his famous pamphlet and to set it in its actual historical context.
This book brings Jorden's pamphlet together with two works by Jorden's adversaries, John Swann's A True and Breife Report of Mary Glovers Vexation and Stephen Bradwell's 'Mary Glovers late Woeful Case', which has never before been published. Both of these concern the incident that provoked Jorden's Briefe Discourse, and they show that his pamphlet was in fact prompted by a bitter religious and political controversy over the case.
Michael MacDonald, in his introduction provides a fresh and realistic analysis of the politics of credulity and scepticism in early modern England and Jorden's part in them.

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When 14-year old Mary Glover sickened under the barrage of curses from an old woman, then got well under the ministrations of the clergy, it seemed a textbook case of witchcraft, and Edward Jorden was laughed out of court for suggesting that natural hysteria was the culprit. So he wrote a pamphlet defending his view, which is now revered as a great victory in the inexorable triumph of psychology over demonology. Here are facsimiles of his pamphlet and two others, previously unpublished, giving interpretations not given credence today. Also includes the texts in modern type and an introduction explaining the context and significance of the affair. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415017886
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/21/1990
Series:
Tavistock Classic Reprints in the History of Psychiatry Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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