Satan the Heretic: The Birth of Demonology in the Medieval West

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University of Chicago Press, 2006 M11 15 - 255 páginas
Before the end of the thirteenth century, theologians had little interest in demons, but with Thomas Aquinas and his formidable “Treatise on Evil” in 1272, everything changed. In Satan the Heretic, Alain Boureau trains his skeptical eye not on Satan or Satanism, but on the birth of demonology and the sudden belief in the power of demons who inhabited Satan’s Court, setting out to understand not why people believed in demons, but why theologians—especially Pope John XXII—became so interested in the subject.

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.

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Satan the Heretic The Judicial Institution of Demonology under John XXII
8
The Tree of Historians and the Forest of Documents
10
A Continuous Effort
14
An Ordinary Evil?
19
The Demonological Convictions of John XXII
22
A Portrait of John XXII as a Limb of the Devil
25
The Emergence of the Fact
27
The Inquest and the Fact
31
Demons and Franciscan Eschatology
111
The New Possessed Saints and Demons in Canonization Trials at the Beginning of the Fourteenth Century
119
Madness and Possession
122
The Caution of the Curia
124
Ordinary Demons
129
Ghosts
132
Nicholas of Tolentino Confronted with Belial
135
The Possessed of Santa Lucia
136

Procedural Questions
33
Trial and Majesty
37
Distrust of the Inquisition
39
Satanic Sacraments? Enrico del Carrettos Discovery
43
The Ten Experts
45
Results of the Consultation
49
God the Image or the Ritual?
54
Talking Images
58
The Satanic Sacrament
60
Theology of the Pact
63
Pact and Agreement
66
The Pact An Overview
68
Banality of the Pact? The Story of Theophilus
69
Conditional Powers
74
The Pact as a Form of Collective Action
77
The Syndicate of Albi
79
An Evil Pact
81
The Contractual Foundations of Royalty and Property
84
The Strong Pact and Divine Absolutism
86
The Universal Debt
87
Pact and Will
90
The Liberation of Demons The Birth of Scholastic Demonology
93
New Questions about Demons
94
The Nature of Demons
99
The Moment of the Fall
101
The Abilities of Demons
104
Jean Quidort or Thomism Illustrated
106
The Openness of the Subject A Scholastic Anthropology of Possession
143
The Sleepwalker and the Possessed
144
A Christian Psychology of Plenitude
147
The New Aristotelian Psychology
150
The Return of Sleepwalkers
152
Gervais of Tilbury and the Demonization of the Sleepwalker
154
Character as a Connector of the Human Personality
156
Plurality of the Person
160
Man and His Double
161
From Demonic Possession to Divine Possession
162
Fragility of the Character
166
Supernatural Invasions Mystical Models of Possession
174
Clare of Montefalco and the Incorporation of the Divine
177
The Stigmata and the Imagination of Saint Francis
179
Imagination and Love
182
The Paradoxes of a Spiritual Autobiography
185
Two Types of Subjectivity
187
A Sacramental Tale
189
The Uncertainties of the Franciscan Scribe
191
Inhabitation and Scandal
195
The Subjectivity of Pandora
198
Epilogue
201
Notes
207
Bibliography
239
Index
251
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Página 4 - MSS. written in Scotland from the end of the fifteenth to the middle of the seventeenth century, in Ireland from the sixteenth down to the middle of the present century.
Página 3 - Grievingly we observe . . . that many who are Christians in name only . . . sacrifice to demons, adore them, make or have made images, rings, mirrors, phials, or other things for magic purposes, and bind themselves to demons.

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Alain Boureau is director of studies at l'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and the author of The Lord's First Night and The Myth of Pope Joan, both published by the University of Chicago Press. Teresa Lavender Fagan has translated more than a dozen books, including Ghosts in the Middle Ages by Jean-Claude Schmitt and The Wisdom of the World by Rémi Brague, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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