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In 1458 a pig was hanged for murder in Burgundy. The French judge Henri Boguet described an apple possessed by demons in 1602. A few years later, Italian Jesuits tried to calculate the physical dimensions of hell. Strange Histories presents a serious account of some of the most extraordinary occurrences of European and North American history and explains how they made sense to people living at the time.
Table of Contents
|List of plates||p. viii|
|Introduction: Strange Worlds||p. 1|
|Angels on a Pinhead||p. 20|
|They Hang Horses, Don't They?||p. 40|
|The Roaming Dead||p. 56|
|"A Shipwreck of Souls": Understanding Witchcraft||p. 76|
|Werewolves and Flying Witches||p. 96|
|Raptures and Forbidden Words||p. 112|
|Suffering Saints||p. 133|
|The Case for Killing Heretics||p. 150|
|Conclusion: "The Edge of Wonder"||p. 166|
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