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by H. C. Erik Midelfort,Rainer Decker

Author: H. C. Erik Midelfort,Rainer Decker
Subcategory: World
Language: English
Publisher: University of Virginia Press (March 29, 2010)
Pages: 280 pages
Category: History
Rating: 4.4
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Rainer Decker's illuminating study of the papacy's involvement in. .

Rainer Decker's illuminating study of the papacy's involvement in witch-hunting from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century represents the most sustained and comprehensive contribution to this revisionism in witchcraft studies. Decker's book, which was originally published in German in 2003, will find its main audience among ecclesiastical and witchcraft historians as well as those interested in the history of criminal justice. H. C. Erik Midelfort is professor of religious studies and history at the University of Virginia, author of Exorcism and Enlightenment, and the translator of Wolfgang Behringer’s The Shaman of Oberstdorf (Virginia).

Translated by H. Erik Midelfort. Studies in Early Modern German History. Recommend this journal. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008. Brian P. Levack (a1). University of Texas at Austin.

With this book, Rainer Decker expands the debate by addressing the . Little remains of the court records or correspondence from the period before 1800. The earlier chapters of the book are thus essentially synthetic, and Decker covers little new ground.

For scholars such as Wilhelm Gottlieb Soldan and Heinrich Heppe, the matter was fairly straightforward: any denial of Catholic dogma was a denial of the authority of the papacy. Consequently, beliefs of heretics, and by extension witches, constituted a direct assault on the power of the popes. Decker's endnotes make clear just how few documents remain.

Studies in Early Modern German History. Its broad chronological range, references to the broader history of witchcraft in Europe, and excellent translation by . Erik Midelfort also make it suitable for undergraduates encoutnering the history of witchcraft for the first time. Studies in Early Modern German History

Studies in Early Modern German History. University of Virginia Press. ENG. Number of Pages.

Witchcraft & the Papacy book. 0813927471 (ISBN13: 9780813927473).

Manuals of jurisprudence in early modern Europe stipulated that the notary record not only the words but . Translated by MidelfortH.

Manuals of jurisprudence in early modern Europe stipulated that the notary record not only the words but also the grimaces and the screams of the defendant during interrogations under torture. The article examines. Charlottesville, VA, and London: University of Virginia Press. ISBN 978-0-8139-2747-3. Translated by H.

Hans Christian Erik Midelfort (born 1942), is C. Julian Bishko Professor Emeritus of History and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He is a specialist of the German Reformation and the history of Christianity in Early Modern Europe

Hans Christian Erik Midelfort (born 1942), is C. He is a specialist of the German Reformation and the history of Christianity in Early Modern Europe. Midelfort was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and attended Yale University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1964

All topics and approaches to history are welcome, whether cultural, social, political, diplomatic, intellectual, economic, and military history, as well as historiography and methodology.

When Rainer Decker was researching a sensational seventeenth-century German witchcraft trial, he discovered, much to his surprise, that in this case the papacy functioned as a force of skepticism and restraint. His curiosity piqued, he tried unsuccessfully to gain access to a secret Vatican archive housing the records of the Roman Inquisition that had been sealed to outsiders from its sixteenth-century beginnings. In 1996 Decker was one of the first of a small group of scholars allowed access. Originally published as Die Päpste und die Hexen, Witchcraft and the Papacy is based on these newly available materials and traces the role of the papacy in witchcraft prosecutions from medieval times to the eighteenth century. Decker found that although the medieval church did lay the foundation for witch hunts of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, the postmedieval papacy, and the Roman and Spanish Inquisitions, played the same kind of skeptical, restraining role during the height of the witch-hunting frenzy in Germany and elsewhere in Europe as it had in the trial that was the initial focus of his research. Witchcraft and the Papacy overturns a large body of scholarship that confuses the medieval papacy with its markedly skeptical successors, and that mistakenly portrays the papacy as fanning rather than quelling the flames of the witchcraft mania sweeping northern Europe from the mid-sixteenth century onward.