Satan the Heretic
The Birth of Demonology in the Medieval West
Depicting this new demonology, Satan the Heretic considers the period between the mid-thirteenth and mid-fourteenth centuries when demons, in the eyes of Church authorities, suddenly burst forth, more real and more terrifying than ever before in the history of Christianity. Boureau argues that the rise in this obsession with demons occurs at the crossroads of the rise of sovereignties and of the individual, a rise that, tellingly, also coincides with the emergence of the modern legal system in the European West.
Teeming with original insights and lively anecdotes, Satan the Heretic is a significant contribution to the history of Christian demonology from one of the most original minds in the field of medieval studies today.
1. Satan the Heretic: The Judicial Institution of Demonology under John XXII
2. Satanic Sacraments? Enrico del Carreto's Discovery
3. The Pact: An Overview
4. The Liberation of Demons: The Birth of Scholastic Demonology
5. The New Possessed: Saints and Demons in Canonization Trials at the Beginning of the Fourteenth Century
6. The Openness of the Subject: A Scholastic Anthropology of Possession
7. Supernatural Invasions: Mystical Models of Possession