IMC 2009: Sessions

Session NULL: Magic, Witchcraft, and Reform: Discourse, Legislation, and Practice, II

Monday 13 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Michael Bailey, Department of History, Iowa State University, Ames
Moderator/Chair:Georg Modestin, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, M√ľnchen
Abstract

This session will explore transformations in European society and culture related to magic and the emergence of diabolical witchcraft in the 15th century, linking these developments to aspects of reform, itself understood as a broad category. The session will focus especially on intellectual aspects, with papers examining the development of demonology and its contributions to the notion of the witches’ Sabbath, the dilemma of discernment of spirits, and condemnations of magic and superstition in sermons.