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Knowing Demons, Knowing Spirits in the Early Modern Period


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Theory and Practice in Early Modern Epistemologies of the Preternatural; Michelle Brock and David Winter.- Part I: Knowing in Theory.- Knowing the Spirit(s) in the Dutch Radical Reformation: From Physical Perception to Rational Doubt, 1536-1690; Gary Waite.- Hell and Fairy: The Differentiation of Fairies and Demons within British Ritual Magic of the Early Modern Period; Daniel Harms.- Preternatural Peasants and the Discourse of Demons: Xenoglossy, Superstition, and Melancholy in Early Modern Spain; Andrew Keitt.- Testing for Demonic Obsession: Goclenius, Scribonius, and the Lemgo Witchcraft Trial of 1583; Stefan Hessbruggen-Walter.- The Damned Trinity: Judas, the Devil, and the Hell-Beast in Russian Iconography; Dmitriy Antonov.- Part II: Knowing in Practice.- Curious Companions: Spirit Conjuring and Alchemy in the Sixteenth Century; Frank Klaassen.- Edward Terry and the Demons of India; Richard Raiswell.- Jesuit Missionaries and the Accommodationist Demons of New France; Mairi Cowan.- Angels, Devils, and Discernment in Early Modern Scotland; Martha McGill.- Discerning Spirits in the Early Enlightenment: The Case of the French Prophets; Michael B. Riordan.- Afterword: The Science of Knowing Spirits: Rationality and the Invisible World; Nancy Mandeville Caciola.- Index.

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Michelle D. Brock is Associate Professor of History at Washington and Lee University, USA.
Richard Raiswell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
David R. Winter is Associate Professor of History at Brandon University, Canada.


"The experience of reading this book has given me a better understanding not only of the beliefs of our ancestors and the inhabitants of the lands they conquered but also of our Western mind-set which has done so much to create the modern world. The book manages to be both educational and entertaining, and is well worth reading." (Robin Carlile, Magonia review of books, July 26, 2019)

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