Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 62
Bringing together scholars from Europe, America, and Australia, this volume explores the more fantastic elements of popular religious beliefs: 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.
Introduction: Expanding the Analysis of Traditional Belief.....Kathryn A. Edwards
Dangerous Spirits: Shapeshifting, Apparitions, and Fantasy in Lorraine Witchcraft Trials.....Robin Briggs
Living with the Dead: Ghosts in Early Modern Bavaria.....David Lederer
Reformed or Recycled? Possession and Exorcism in the Sacramental Life of Early Modern France.....Sarah Ferber
Revisiting El Encubierto: Navigating between Visions of Heaven and Hell on Earth.....Sara T. Nalle
Worms and the Jews: Jews, Magic, and Community in Seventeenth-Century Worms.....Dean Phillip Bell
Asmodea: A Nun-Witch in Eighteenth-Century Tuscany.....Anne Jacobson Schutte
When Witches Became False: Séducteurs and Crédules Confront the Paris Police at the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century.....Ulrike Krampl
God Killed Saul: Heinrich Bullinger and Jacob Ruef on the Power of the Devil.....Bruce Gordon
Such an Impure, Cruel, and Savage Beast... : Images of the Werewolf in Demonological Works.....Nicole Jacques-Lefèvre
Charcot, Freud, and the Demons.....H. C. Erik Midelfort
This collection of articles is a good read and a useful tool…well written, well edited, and very informative.… [It] is admirable in that the essays use a great variety of archival sources to add to our knowledge of cultural and religious practices.
—Catholic Historical Review
The essays in this book are quite interesting. Many deal with specific aspects of the supernatural that have been given less attention by most modern historians. Phenomena such as werewolves and ghosts, in themselves significant components of folklore and demonological works in early modern Europe, have been less studied than witchcraft and devils. Yet these phenomena are also quite interesting and deserve historical attention.
—Sixteenth Century Journal
Essays draw from in-depth archival research, and the contributors make a forceful case for the importance of integrating such beliefs and folklore into human understanding of late medieval and early modern Europe.