Strange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds

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  • Copyright: 2006-12-12
  • Publisher: Routledge
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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 platesp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Strange Worldsp. 1
Angels on a Pinheadp. 20
They Hang Horses, Don't They?p. 40
The Roaming Deadp. 56
"A Shipwreck of Souls": Understanding Witchcraftp. 76
Werewolves and Flying Witchesp. 96
Raptures and Forbidden Wordsp. 112
Suffering Saintsp. 133
The Case for Killing Hereticsp. 150
Conclusion: "The Edge of Wonder"p. 166
Notesp. 176
Indexp. 193
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