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The Devil within : possession & exorcism in the Christian West

Author: Brian P Levack
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation, thousands of Europeans were thought to be possessed by demons. This book focuses on possession and exorcism in the Reformation period, and also reaches back to the fifteenth century and forward to our own times.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian P Levack
ISBN: 9780300114720 0300114729
OCLC Number: 813392715
Description: xii, 346 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Making sense of demonic possession --
Possession and exorcism in Christian antiquity --
Possession in Christian demonology --
Expelling the demon --
Demonic possession and illness --
The performance of the possessed --
The demoniac in society --
The demoniac and the witch --
Possession in the age of reason --
Possession : past and present --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Possession and exorcism in the Christian West
Responsibility: Brian Levack.

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