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Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies

The Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe
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ISBN-13:
9780801467301
Seiten:
312
Autor:
Michael D. Bailey
Serie:
Cornell University Press
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
2 - DRM Adobe
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Superstitions are commonplace in the modern world. Mostly, however, they evoke innocuous images of people reading their horoscopes or avoiding black cats. Certain religious practices might also come to mind-praying to St. Christopher or lighting candles for the dead. Benign as they might seem today, such practices were not always perceived that way. In medieval Europe superstitions were considered serious offenses, violations of essential precepts of Christian doctrine or immutable natural laws. But how and why did this come to be? In Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies, Michael D. Bailey explores the thorny concept of superstition as it was understood and debated in the Middle Ages.
PrologueIntroduction: The Meanings of Medieval Superstition1. The Weight of Tradition2. Superstition in Court and Cloister3. The Cardinal, the Confessor, and the Chancellor4. Dilemmas of Discernment5. Witchcraft and Its Discontents6. Toward Disenchantment?EpilogueAppendixBibliographyIndex

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