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On the Inconstancy of Witches:
Pierre de Lancre's Tableau de l'inconstance des mauvais anges et demons (1612)

G. S. Williams (ed.)
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LIV+586 p., 150 x 230 mm, 2006
ISBN: 978-2-503-52294-4
Languages: English
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The demonology Tableau de l’inconstance des mauvais anges et demons (1612) is an important text in the early modern European witch persecutions (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries). It is a report of the author’s four-month stay in the Labourd (Basque) region of France, situated in the extreme southwest corner bordering Spain and Navarre. De Lancre was there as part of a commission empowered to cleanse the region of witches. This narrative is based on his own experiences and trial records now lost. This text contains one of the most detailed accounts of the witches’ Sabbath that survives. An ethnologist before his time, de Lancre gives an expert and meticulous account of the Basque people, their lives, their culture, and their alleged easy commerce with Satan and 'bad angels'. The text was translated into German in a truncated version in 1630, but has never until now been rendered into English.

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Church : laity & heterodoxy
Heresies, persecutions of heterodoxy, christian denominations & sects
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Comparative & cultural studies through literature
Renaissance literature (general comparative)
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern European history (1501-1800) : local & regional history
France

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