Demonomanie

Demonomanie

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Jean Bodin’s De la démonomanie des sorciers is often considered by historians as the inaugurator of the particular late-sixteenth and early seventeenth-century European trend for demonological writings that married classical and medieval inheritances with humanist approaches and a certain amount of empirical discussion. These writings, of course, accompanied the much-documented increase in prosecution, indeed persecution, of so-called witches in the period. This timely critical edition of the Démonomanie, the first of its kind, comes at a moment of productivity in studies of early modern demonology (including the work of one of the editors: Virginia Krause, Witchcraft, Demonology, and Confession in Early Modern France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)), as well as in a renewal of Bodin studies: see, for example, a new critical edition...