Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity

Authors: Young, Francis

  • The first thorough exploration of the church's long tradition of and attitude to exorcism
  • Provides a new perspective on this through it's long chronological span
  • Explores liturgical sources, exorcism manuals and demonological treatises as well as specific exorcisms
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This book traces the development of exorcism in Catholic Christianity from the fourth century to the present day, and seeks to explain why exorcism is still so much in demand.  This is the first work in English to trace the development of the liturgy, practice and authorisation of exorcisms in Latin Christianity. The rite of exorcism, and the claim by Roman Catholic priests to be able to drive demons from the possessed, remains an enduring source of popular fascination, but the origins and history of this controversial rite have been little explored. Arguing that belief in the need for exorcism typically re-emerges at periods of crisis for the church, Francis Young explores the shifting boundaries between authorised exorcisms and unauthorised magic throughout Christian history, from Augustine of Hippo to Pope Francis. This book offers the historical background to – and suggests reasons for – the current resurgence of exorcism in the global Catholic Church.

About the authors

Francis Young is Volumes Editor for the Catholic Record Society. He is the author of several books, including English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553–1829 (2013) and The Gages of Hengrave and Suffolk Catholicism (2015).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Young, Francis

    Pages 1-26

  • Exorcism in the Early Christian West, 300–900

    Young, Francis

    Pages 27-59

  • Exorcism in Crisis: The Middle Ages, 900–1500

    Young, Francis

    Pages 61-97

  • Exorcism in Counter-Reformation Europe

    Young, Francis

    Pages 99-130

  • Catholic Exorcism Beyond Catholic Europe

    Young, Francis

    Pages 131-154

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eBook £49.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £63.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-29111-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-29112-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-29112-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-29111-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 275
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