Witches, Demons and Magic in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Queen Mary, University of London
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
This central theme of this course is the "supernatural" in the early modern world. The course will explore
beliefs in witches, demons and magic, and phenomena such as angels, ghosts, dreams and prophecy, using case
studies from France, Germany, Spain, England, Scotland and Hungary, across the period 1450 - 1750. It will
investigate the interplay between popular and elite ideas about witchcraft and magic and how these changed
over the course of the period. Topics will include: witchcraft, sabbats, the diabolic pact and black magic;
witch trials, torture and execution; demonic possession, exorcism and the discernment of spirits; cunning folk,
magic and healing; and alchemy. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss a range of textual and
visual primary sources including woodcuts, witchcraft trials, popular pamphlets and official treatises
(all in translation).
Assessment: 10.0% Practical, 90.0% Coursework
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