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Author Seitz, Jonathan, 1974-

Title Witchcraft and Inquisition in Early Modern Venice
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (300 pages)
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; Reform and Questions of Nature and Supernature; Witchcraft and Magic, Natural and Supernatural; Understanding Nature in Vernacular Culture; The Knowledge of the Practitioner; A "Disenchantment" of the Early Modern World?; A Proliferation of Views; 1 Witchcraft and Inquisition in the Most Serene Republic; The Structure of the Inquisition in Venice; Witchcraft and Witch "Crazes"; Inquisition Trials and Their Documents; Denunciations; Witness Testimony and the Constitutus; The Defensive Phase; Trial Outcomes
Clarity and Ambiguity8 The Inquisitor's Library; Sources of Inquisitorial Policy and Procedure; The Watchful Eye of Rome; An Instruction on Witchcraft; Advice and the Venetians; Conclusion; 9 "Nothing Proven":; Medical Expertise; Exorcists; Wise Women; Physicians; Reputations and Witchcraft Materials; Trial Outcomes: The Dog that Did Not Bark; Theory versus Practice; Inquisitorial and Vernacular Views of the Supernatural; Conclusion; Changes in Conceptions of Nature and the Supernatural; Cultural Continuities; Theory and Practice in the Pursuit of Maleficio; The Idea of Disenchantment
Looking ForwardAppendix I; Appendix II; Bibliography; Index
Material Elements in Spiritual RemediesThe Diminishment of the Demonic; 5 The Exorcist's Library; Diagnosing Supernatural Illness; Distinguishing Possession from Witchcraft; Manuals and Material Cures; Exorcist Theory and Practice; 6 "Not My Profession": Physicians' Naturalism; Training and Regulation of Venetian Physicians; Treatment by Physicians in Early Modern Venice; Physicians in Maleficio Trials; 7 Physicians as Believers; Physicians and the Miraculous; Physicians as "Ordinary" Witnesses; Sources of Medical Naturalism; The Limits of Naturalism; Professional Dimensions
Unearthing the True in the False2 Blackened Fingernails and Bones in the Bedclothes; Evidence in Maleficio Denunciations; Signs of the Supernatural; 3 Appeals to Experts; Healers as Experts; Choosing Healers; Religious Pressures; Learned Philosophy and Vernacular Approaches; 4 "Spiritual Remedies" for Possession and Witchcraft; Exorcism in Early Modern Europe; Consultations of Healing Clerics; The Social Geography of Exorcist Consultations; Exorcist Qualifications and Training; Diagnostic Practices of Venetian Clerics; Treating Supernatural Illness: Segnar, Benedir, and Scongiurar
Summary Records of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century witchcraft trials in Venice uncover individuals' conception of the supernatural in early modern Europe
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-281) and index
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Subject Witchcraft -- history.
History, 16th Century.
History, 17th Century.
Physician's Role -- history.
Religion and Medicine.
Religion and Science.
Inquisition -- Italy -- Venice -- History -- 16th century.
Inquisition -- Italy -- Venice -- History -- 17th century.
Trials (Witchcraft) -- Italy -- Venice -- History -- 16th century.
Trials (Witchcraft) -- Italy -- Venice -- History -- 17th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011005507
ISBN 0511894880 (electronic bk.)
113912868X (electronic bk.)
9780511894886 (electronic bk.)
9781139128681 (electronic bk.)