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Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex, and the Crisis of Belief

Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex, and the Crisis of Belief
On September 20, 1587, Walpurga Hausmännin of Dillingen in southern Germany was burned at the stake as a witch. Although she had confessed to committing a long list of maleficia (deeds of harmful magic), including killing forty—one infants and two mothers in labor, her evil career allegedly began with just one heinous act—sex with a demon. Fornication […]


Piety and Pythagoras in Renaissance Florence: The Symbolum Nesianum

Piety and Pythagoras in Renaissance Florence: The Symbolum Nesianum
This volume sheds light on the transitions in the intellectual life of Renaissance Florence in the last quarter of the fifteenth century. Its point of departure is a hitherto unedited Latin text, the “Symbolum Nesianum,” whose original version was written by Giovanni Nesi, a follower of the famous Platonist Marsilio Ficino and then of the […]


Contracting a Cure: Patients, Healers, and the Law in Early Modern Bologna

Contracting a Cure: Patients, Healers, and the Law in Early Modern Bologna
In Contracting a Cure, Gianna Pomata tells the hitherto unknown story of a fundamental shift in the relationship between healers and patients in the early modern Europe. Using a wide array of sources — including the rich archives of Bologna’s College of Medicine and legal records from several European countries — Pomata explores the tradition […]