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Contemporary witchcraft and the Lancashire witches

throughout history, including the early modern period which witnessed what was labelled ‘the Great Witch Hunt’. Of particular importance were the writings of the classicist Sir James Frazer on folklore and fertility rites and, even more so, the theories of the egyptologist Margaret Murray on the witch-cult. Murray’s Witch Cult in Western Europe (1921) and The God of the Witches (1933) wove together ideas of rural fertility religion as popularised by Frazer, the witch-cult as described in Jules Michelet’s La Sorcière (1862) and Charles Leland

in The Lancashire witches
The crown, persuasion and lordship

own. The complexities and political dilemmas which arose from this close connection become abundantly clear from the narratives of justice that appear in contemporary histories and chronicles. Lords who are invited to make a decision between mercy and justice all too often are persuaded by sweet words and plump for the wrong option. Counsel can both support a judge in coming to the right decision and lead a king into disastrous judicial missteps. The ambivalent relationship, and sometimes uneasy accommodation, between

in Justice and mercy

2 The Society of Jesus and the early history of the Collegium Germanicum, 1552–1584 Urban Fink Introduction The Collegium Germanicum in Rome was the first abroad college established for the formation of Catholic students from territories under the authority of Protestant reformers. The college opened in the late summer of 1552, the result of an initiative spearheaded by Cardinal Giovanni Morone and the Society of Jesus. The Germanicum occupies a central place in the history of the abroad colleges because it provided an influential model, most importantly for a

in College communities abroad

15 Melanchthon on Luther 2 Melanchthon on Luther Luther’s lives Philip Melanchthon’s History of the Life and Acts of Dr Martin Luther translated by Thomas D. Frazel and annotated by Ralph Keen HISTORY OF THE LIFE AND ACTS OF THE MOST REVEREND DR MARTIN Luther, Dr of true Theology, written in good faith by Philip Melanchthon Certain poems have been added by John Policarius 1 on the blessings which God through Luther bestowed upon the whole world. Including several distichs on the Acts of Luther, which were recounted in this same year. 1548. Reverend Martin

in Luther’s lives

9780719082542_C01.qxd 8/9/11 15:50 Page 21 1 Race, faith and freedom in American and British history Simon Schama ‘The Americans, they’re not really like us, are they?’ said the lady beside me at a lunch in the Welsh countryside last spring, pretending, only momentarily, a kind of grand bafflement before going on to pronounce her own answer: ‘they’re so religious’. To which one could only concede, yes, they were, but possibly not in the way she assumed – which was of course to classify them as credulous devotees of right-wing fanatics sworn to uproot the

in Religion and rights

64 3 Allegorical reading in sermon references to history and current events The writers of Accession Day liturgies, as we saw in the previous chapter, discovered in stories of Josiah, Hezekiah, and David allegorical versions of the achievements and adventures of their own Queen Elizabeth. In doing so, they followed traditions of biblical interpretation traceable back to the writers of the New Testament. The traditional view of history – not the only one current at the time, but the one allowing Bible stories to signify sixteenth-century events – was articulated

in Spenserian allegory and Elizabethan biblical exegesis

–1900 and 1930–45 periods. The 1956 Suez crisis did lead to a small number of Jews arriving from Egypt, followed by a few from Iran and Russia. Once the state of Israel was created it was there (and perhaps the USA) which was the preferred destination of persecuted Jews. Support for Israel gave a new focus to opinion among Leeds Jews and was a unifying force, which in many ways healed some of the fissures in Leeds Jewry, which had been a characteristic feature of its previous history. The Zionist communal meetings in Leeds in October and November 1956 voiced general

in Leeds and its Jewish Community
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A lived religious history of English Catholicism, 1945–82

Drawing upon a multi-disciplinary methodology employing diverse written sources, material practices and vivid life histories, Faith in the Family seeks to assess the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the ordinary believer, alongside contemporaneous shifts in British society relating to social mobility, the sixties, sexual morality, and secularisation. Chapters examine the changes in the Roman Catholic liturgy and Christology, devotion to Mary, the rosary and the place of women in the family and church, as well as the enduring (but shifting) popularity of Saints Bernadette and Thérèse.

Appealing to students of modern British gender and cultural history, as well as a general readership interested in religious life in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century, Faith in the Family illustrates that despite unmistakable differences in their cultural accoutrements and interpretations of Catholicism, English Catholics continued to identify with and practise the ‘Faith of Our Fathers’ before and after Vatican II.

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witchcraft continued

Enlightenment, from the late seventeenth through to the end of the eighteenth century, here we pay attention to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Once again we have sought to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, whose contributions demonstrate the value of applying the analytical tools of sociology, anthropology, folkloristics and literary studies to historical sources. Above all they show that the history of

in Witchcraft Continued

history as a means of unravelling such mysteries as the European witch-hunts has been – and was already being in the early 1970s – made by a number of scholars, and usually, although not always, brought to this question a measure of subtle and helpful insights. Confidence was high that the lessons derived from fieldwork in living traditions of witchcraft might shed light on the seemingly irretrievable historical situation of early modern Europe

in Witchcraft Continued