Battling Demons: Witchcraft, Heresy, and Reform in the Late by Michael D. Bailey

By Michael D. Bailey

I used to be excited upon receiving this ebook as I anticipated a thrilling overview of witchcraft as understood within the Medieval interval, regrettably it was once virtually in simple terms an research of 1 person's unexciting interpretation of the malleus maleficarum. while you are searching for a extra intriguing and thorough heritage I hugely suggest Nancy Caciola's Discerning Spirits. This ebook can be a bit incomplete because it is approximately third of Bailey's dissertation chopped into booklet shape explaining a lot of its overemphasis on a unmarried determine, might be while he has released the remaining it is going to be extra thorough and consequently relaxing.

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76 Some council members, however, felt that this position was too extreme. 77 As the majority at Basel made increasingly clear its belief in its own superiority over the pope under all circumstances, many Dominicans in particular grew concerned. The mendicant orders had always existed under special papal protection, and any threat to papal power was also a threat to their privileges. This circumstance, combined with the clear hostility of many of the secular clergy at Basel toward members of the mendicant orders, drove most of the Dominicans at the council Wrmly into the papal camp.

Catherine. This was the Wrst reform that Nider directed, and it brought him into close contact with the master general of his order, Barthélemy Texier. 33 One attempt to reform St. Catherine’s had already been made. Some thirty years before Nider’s efforts, his mentor, Konrad of Prussia, had tried and failed to win the nuns over to the strict discipline of the observant movement. According to Nider, when he led the successful reform in 1428, he again faced Werce resistance from the nuns. ”34 When a small group of observant nuns arrived from the convent of Schönensteinbach, near Colmar, they were driven out of St.

Most accounts of his life say that he journeyed instead to Italy in order to observe the Dominican reform movement south of the Alps, which had been introduced by Giovanni Dominici in Venice only a year after Konrad of Prussia had reformed Colmar. The evidence for this journey, however, is sparse. ”23 If we assume that Nider was eighteen when he joined the Dominican order in 1402, however, then he would have been thirty-four, and no longer a youth (junior), when the Council of Constance ended in 1418.

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