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Thinking with Demons: The Idea of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

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This major work offers a new interpretation of the witchcraft beliefs of European intellectuals between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, showing how these beliefs fitted rationally with other beliefs of the period and how far the nature of rationality is dependent on its historical context.

Synopsis:

Aiming to illuminate the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe, Stuart Clark interprets witchcraft beliefs of European intellectuals based on their publications, and shows how these beliefs fitted rationally with many other views current in 15th-18th century Europe.

Table of Contents

PART I : LANGUAGE 1. Witchcraft and Language 2. Festivals and Sabbaths 3. Dual Classification 4. Contrariety 5. Inversion

6. The Devil, God's Ape 7. Witchcraft and Wit-Craft 8. Women and Witchcraft 9. Unstable Meanings

PART II : SCIENCE 10. Witchcraft and science 11. The Devil in Nature 12. The Causes of Witchcraft 13. Believers and Sceptics 14. Natural Magic 15. Demonic Magic 16. Prerogative Instances (1) 17. Prerogative Instances (2) 18. The Magical Power of Signs 19. Witchcraft and the Scientific Revolution

PART III: HISTORY 20. Witchcraft and History 21. Postremus Furor Satanae 22. Eschatology 23. The Life and Times of the Antichrist 24. The Witch as Portent 25. Witch-Cleansing 26. Understanding Possession 27. Possession, Exorcism, and History

28. Before Loudun

PART IV: RELIGION 29. Witchcraft anRd Religion 30. Cases of Conscience 31. Popular Magic 32. Superstition 33. Reformation

34. Acculturation by Text 35. Protestant Witchcraft, Catholic Witchcraft

PART V: POLITICS 36. Politics and Witchcraft 37. Magistrates and Witches 38. Inviolability 39. The Charisma of Office 40. Mystical Politics 41. Marvellous Monarchy 42. Spectacles of Disenchantment 43. Kingcraft and Witchcraft 44. Bodin's Political Demonology

Postscript Bibliography Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198208082
Author:
Clark, Stuart
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Stuart
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Europe - Western
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Witchcraft & Wicca
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
History, World | Modern
Subject:
World History-European History General
Series Volume:
no. 863
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 halftones
Pages:
848
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 2 in 2.675 lb

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History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Early Modern
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
Metaphysics » History of Witchcraft
Metaphysics » Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Metaphysics » Wicca and Goddess Worship

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