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Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Contesting Orthodoxy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Heresy, Magic and Witchcraft

Editors: Kallestrup, Louise Nyholm, Toivo, Raisa Maria (Eds.)

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  • Explores ways of contesting and upholding orthodoxy from 1200 to 1650
  • Breaks down thecommon scholarly barriers of periodisation, discipline and geographyBrings together leading scholars in this field in order to do this
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This book breaks with three common scholarly barriers of periodization, discipline and geography in its exploration of the related themes of heresy, magic and witchcraft. It sets aside constructed chronological boundaries, and in doing so aims to achieve a clearer picture of what ‘went before’, as well as what ‘came after’. Thus the volume demonstrates continuity as well as change in the concepts and understandings of magic, heresy and witchcraft. In addition, the geographical pattern of similarities and diversities suggests a comparative approach, transcending confessional as well as national borders. Throughout the medieval and early modern period, the orthodoxy of the Christian Church was continuously contested. The challenge of heterodoxy, especially as expressed in various kinds of heresy, magic and witchcraft, was constantly present during the period 1200-1650. Neither contesters nor followers of orthodoxy were homogeneous groups or fractions. They themselves and their ideas changed from one century to the next, from region to region, even from city to city, but within a common framework of interpretation. This collection of essays focuses on this complex. 

About the authors

Louise Nyholm Kallestrup is Associate Professor in Early Modern History at the University of Southern Denmark. She has published widely on Danish and Italian witchcraft.

Raisa Maria Toivo is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tampere, Finland. She has published widely on witchcraft, gender and the Reformation.

Reviews

“The strengths of the book is the way in which the contributors highlight the beliefs and practices which fell into grey areas between acceptance and condemnation. … the book … offer a wide variety of case-studies of the ways in which orthodoxy and unorthodoxy interacted across the period.” (Catherine Rider, English Historical Review HER, Vol. 134 (566), February, 2019)


“The volume can be recommended, first of all, to researchers of religious and intellectual history, folklore, the history of magic and witchcraft. Moreover, it can bring new perspectives for understanding the genesis of western science and early modern state-building as well as to the field of border studies.” (Vitali Byl, Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung, Vol. 45 (3), 2018)​

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Approaches to Magic, Heresy and Witchcraft in Time, Space and Faith

    Pages 1-13

    Kallestrup, Louise Nyholm (et al.)

  • ‘Night is conceded to the dead’: Revenant Congregations in the Middle Ages

    Pages 17-33

    Caciola, Nancy Mandeville

  • Heresy and Heterodoxy in Medieval Scandinavia

    Pages 35-56

    Mitchell, Stephen

  • Caught Between Unorthodox Medicine and Unorthodox Religion: Revisiting the Case of Costantino Saccardini, Charlatan-Heretic

    Pages 57-68

    Gentilcore, David

  • Angel Magic and the Cult of Angels in the Later Middle Ages

    Pages 71-110

    Kieckhefer, Richard

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-32385-5
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-32384-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81272-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contesting Orthodoxy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Book Subtitle
Heresy, Magic and Witchcraft
Editors
  • Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
  • Raisa Maria Toivo
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32385-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32385-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32384-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81272-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 349
Number of Illustrations
14 illustrations in colour
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