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Strange histories: the trial of the pig, the walking dead, and other matters of fact from the Medieval and Renaissance worlds

Strange histories: the trial of the pig, the walking dead, and other matters of fact from the Medieval and Renaissance worlds

Oldridge, Darren

This is a serious account of some of the extraordinary occurences of European history. Using case studies this book provides insights into the world-view through the ages, and shows how certain 'goings-on' fitted in naturally with the 'common sense' of the time

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2nd ed.
Published Milton: Taylor and Francis, 2017
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ISBN: 1351595717, 9781138830813, 9781351595711
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Physical Description: 1 online resource (211 pages)
Subject: Belief and doubt History.; Witchcraft History.
Local note: Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan: ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.


  1. Strange Histories- Front Cover
  2. Strange Histories
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. List of figures
  8. Preface to the second edition
  9. Chapter 1: Introduction: strange worlds
  10. Authority and angels
  11. Magic and religion
  12. Trial by fire and water
  13. Notes
  14. Chapter 2: Angels on a pinhead
  15. Angels and demons
  16. Things to come
  17. Notes
  18. Chapter 3: They hang horses, don't they?
  19. Animals and the law
  20. Stories told in law
  21. Notes
  22. Chapter 4: The roaming dead
  23. Between life and death
  24. How were the dead revived?
  25. The politics of the living dead
  26. The voice from the gibbet
  27. Notes
  28. Chapter 5: "A shipwreck of souls": understanding witchcraft
  29. Maleficium
  30. The horrible sect of witches
  31. The voice of doubt
  32. Notes
  33. Chapter 6: Werewolves and flying witches
  34. The case against werewolves
  35. The case for flying witches
  36. Notes
  37. Chapter 7: Raptures and forbidden words
  38. The theatre of God
  39. The theatre of the Devil
  40. A confusion of voices
  41. Notes
  42. Chapter 8: Suffering saints
  43. The bread of adversity
  44. Wonderful terror and mercy
  45. Notes
  46. Chapter 9: The case for killing heretics
  47. The science of everlasting life
  48. Spiritual pestilence and the wrath of God
  49. The compassionate persecutor
  50. Principles and persecution
  51. Notes
  52. Chapter 10: Conclusion: the edge of wonder
  53. Seeing and believing
  54. Matters of fact
  55. Notes
  56. Further reading
  57. Introduction
  58. Angels on a pinhead
  59. The roaming dead
  60. They hang horses, don't they?
  61. "A shipwreck of souls": understanding witchcraft
  62. Werewolves and flying witches
  63. Raptures and forbidden words
  64. Suffering saints
  65. The case for killing heretics
  66. Conclusion
  67. Index.