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Discerning spirits : divine and demonic possession in the Middle Ages, Nancy Caciola

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Discerning spirits : divine and demonic possession in the Middle Ages
Title
Discerning spirits
Title remainder
divine and demonic possession in the Middle Ages
Statement of responsibility
Nancy Caciola
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Language
eng
Summary
Publisher's description: Trance states, prophesying, convulsions, fasting, and other physical manifestations were often regarded as signs that a person was seized by spirits. In a book that sets out the prehistory of the early modern European witch craze, Nancy Caciola shows how medieval people decided whom to venerate as a saint infused with the spirit of God and whom to avoid as a demoniac possessed of an unclean spirit. This process of discrimination, known as the discernment of spirits, was central to the religious culture of Western Europe between 1200 and 1500. Since the outward manifestations of benign and malign possession were indistinguishable, a highly ambiguous set of bodily features and behaviors were carefully scrutinized by observers. Attempts to make decisions about individuals who exhibited supernatural powers were complicated by the fact that the most intense exemplars of lay spirituality were women, and the 3fragile sex4 was deemed especially vulnerable to the snares of the devil. Assessments of women2s spirit possessions often oscillated between divine and demonic interpretations. Ultimately, although a few late medieval women visionaries achieved the prestige of canonization, many more were accused of possession by demons. Caciola analyzes a broad array of sources from saints2 lives to medical treatises, exorcists2 manuals to miracle accounts, to find that observers came to rely on the discernment of bodies rather than seeking to distinguish between divine and demonic possession in purely spiritual terms
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1963-
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Caciola, Nancy
Dewey number
235/.2/082
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Conjunctions of religion & power in the medieval past
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  • Discernment of spirits
  • Women in Christianity
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Discerning spirits : divine and demonic possession in the Middle Ages, Nancy Caciola
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Possessed behaviors -- Ciphers -- Fallen women and fallen angels -- Breath, heart, bowels -- Exorcizing demonic disorder -- Testing spirits in the effeminate age
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on1005664022
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 327 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501702181
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unknown
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illustrations
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1005664022
Label
Discerning spirits : divine and demonic possession in the Middle Ages, Nancy Caciola
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Possessed behaviors -- Ciphers -- Fallen women and fallen angels -- Breath, heart, bowels -- Exorcizing demonic disorder -- Testing spirits in the effeminate age
Control code
on1005664022
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 327 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501702181
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1005664022

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