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The crime of crimes : demonology and politics in France, 1560-1620

Author: Jonathan L Pearl
Publisher: Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, ©1999.
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Pearl, Jonathan L.
Crime of crimes.
Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)39051869
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan L Pearl
ISBN: 0889202966 9780889202962 9780889206502 0889206503
OCLC Number: 78988222
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 181 pages)
Contents: Early modern demonologists and modern historians --
Witchcraft, politics and law --
Politics and demonic possession --
Jesuits, Maldonat and the development of French demonology --
Politics, morality and demonology --
Three adversaries of political demonology --
Pierre de Lancre.
Responsibility: Jonathan L. Pearl.
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One of the most intriguing, and disturbing, aspects of history is that most people in early modern Europe believed in the reality and dangers of witchcraft. Most historians have described the witchcraft phenomenon as one of tremendous violence. In France, dozens of books, pamphlets and tracts, depicting witchcraft as the most horrible of crimes, were published and widely distributed Yet, in his new book, The Crime of Crimes: Demonology and Politics in France, 1560-1620, Jonathan Pearl shows that France carried out relatively few executions for witchcraft. Through careful research he shows that a zealous Catholic faction identified the Protestant rebels as traitors and heretics in league with the devil and clamoured for the political and legal establishment to exterminate these enemies of humanity. But the courts were dominated by moderate Catholics whose political views were in sharp contrast to those of the zealots and, as a result, the demonologists failed to ignite a major witchcraze in France. Very few studies have taken such a careful and penetrating look at demonology in France. The Crime of Crimes: Demonology and Politics in France, 1560-1620 sheds new light on an important period in the history of witchcraft and will be welcomed by scholars and laypersons alike.

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