Werewolves, Witches and Wandering Spirits
Traditional Belief and Folklore in Early Modern Europe
Edited by Kathryn A. Edwards
Werewolves, Witches and Wandering Spirits by Kathryn A. Edwards
Book DescriptionBringing 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 belief 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9781931112086
(155mm x 230mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Truman State University Press
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publish Date: 23-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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While pre-modern Europe is often seen as having an 'enchanted' or 'magical' worldview, the full implications of such labels remain inconsistently explored. This collection offers one method of demystifying this world of everyday magic.
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