Demonic Possession and Exorcism: In Early Modern France

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This is a highly original study of possession by demons and their exorcism, which were rife in early modern times, focussing on the place where they were most prevalent, France. Catholics at the time believed that the devil was everywhere present, in the rise of the heretics, in the activities of witches, and even in the bodies of the pious young women. The rite of exorcism was intended to heal the possessed and show the power of the church - but it generated as many problems as it resolved. Possessed nuns endured ...

Demonic Possession and Exorcism: In Early Modern France 2004, Routledge, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780415212656

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