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Popular religion in late Saxon England : elf charms in context

Author: Karen Louise Jolly
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1996.
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"In tenth- and eleventh-century England, Anglo-Saxon Christians retained an old folk belief in elves as extremely dangerous creatures capable of harming unwary humans. To ward off the afflictions caused by these invisible beings, Christian priests modified traditional elf charms by adding liturgical chants to herbal remedies. In Popular Religion in Late Saxon England, Karen Jolly traces this cultural intermingling  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
Folklore
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jolly, Karen Louise.
Popular religion in late Saxon England.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)604969938
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Louise Jolly
ISBN: 0807822620 9780807822623 0807845655 9780807845653
OCLC Number: 33132485
Description: x, 251 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Crossing Boundaries --
Popular Religion: The Process of Conversion --
The Late Saxon Religious Environment: The Growth of Local Churches --
Magic and Miracle: The Augustinian Worldview and the Reform of Popular Christianity --
Locating the Charms: Medicine, Liturgy, and Folklore --
Elves, Demons, and Other Mind-Altering Afflictions: Evidences of Popular Practices --
Conclusion: Religion and Culture: Rethinking Early Medieval Worldviews.
Responsibility: Karen Louise Jolly.

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This work traces the cultural intermingling of Christian liturgy and indigenous Germanic customs and argues that elf charms and similar practices represent the successful Christianization of native  Read more...

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Provides unique and valuable insights into popular culture in late Saxon England."Speculum"

 
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