English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553–1829 (Catholic by Dr Young Francis

By Dr Young Francis

In spite of an upsurge in curiosity within the social background of the Catholic group and an ever-growing physique of literature on early sleek 'superstition' and well known faith, the English Catholic community's reaction to the invisible global of the preternatural and supernatural has remained mostly ignored. Addressing this oversight, this e-book explores Catholic responses to the supernatural international, atmosphere the English Catholic group within the contexts of the broader Counter-Reformation and the confessional tradition of early glossy England. In so doing, it fulfils the necessity for a research of ways English Catholics on the topic of manifestations of the satan (witchcraft and ownership) and the useless (ghosts) within the context of Catholic attitudes to the supernatural global as an entire (including debates on miracles). The examine additional offers a accomplished exam of the ways that English Catholics deployed exorcism, the church's final reaction to the devil.

Whilst a few features of the Catholic reaction were touched on during broader experiences, few students have long gone past the proof contained inside anti-Catholic polemical literature to envision intimately what Catholics themselves acknowledged and proposal. on condition that Catholics have been always portrayed as 'superstitious' in Protestant literature, the historian needs to attend to Catholic voices at the supernatural for you to keep away from a disastrously unbalanced view of Catholic attitudes. This publication offers the 1st research of the Catholic reaction to the supernatural and witchcraft and the way it regarding a attribute Counter-Reformation preoccupation, the phenomenon of exorcism.

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