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Translating the Devil

Michael Ostling

in Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199587902
eISBN:
9780191731228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587902.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Social History

This chapter explores the question of ‘translating the devil’ through a careful examination of the history of translation of incubus as latawiec. Biblical ‘sons of God’ and ‘goat demons’ (Genesis 6, ... More


A Demonic Heritage

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter provides an explanation for Merlin's superhuman powers in both magic and prophecy—the fact that his father was an incubus, which is also one of the most sensational mysteries about him. ... More


What Does Human Mean?: Beings against Nature in Ludovico Maria Sinistrari's Demoniality

in In the Company of Demons: Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226501307
eISBN:
9780226501291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226501291.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This chapter examines the work De daemonialitate by the seventeenth-century Franciscan Ludovico Maria Sinistrari. This treatise on demonology, whose manuscript was discovered in London in 1872, saw ... More


‘Imagining Boy’: The roots of the myth

Mark Stoyle

in The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898591
eISBN:
9781781384978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898591.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter argues that the remarkable success of the Observations owed much to the subtlety and skill with which its author tapped into a complex web of pre-existent ideas about the supernatural. ... More


The monstrous enemy in the “terrorist” mind

Marco Pinfari

in Terrorists as Monsters: The Unmanageable Other from the French Revolution to the Islamic State

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780190927875
eISBN:
9780190927912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190927875.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics, Political Theory

This chapter focuses on how monster-like creatures may be used by “terrorist” groups to frame their own enemy. If monster-like creatures play a crucial role in the “cosmic war” narrative adopted by ... More


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