Battling Demons: Witchcraft, Heresy, and Reform in the Late by Michael D. Bailey

By Michael D. Bailey

I used to be excited upon receiving this publication as I anticipated an exhilarating evaluate of witchcraft as understood within the Medieval interval, regrettably it used to be nearly in basic terms an research of 1 person's unexciting interpretation of the malleus maleficarum. while you're trying to find a extra fascinating and thorough heritage I hugely suggest Nancy Caciola's Discerning Spirits. This booklet can also be slightly incomplete because it is approximately 0.33 of Bailey's dissertation chopped into e-book shape explaining a lot of its overemphasis on a unmarried determine, maybe while he has released the remaining it is going to be extra thorough and accordingly stress-free.

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In mid-March, Ragusa, then in Nuremberg, wrote to Nider in Basel asking whether the city was “suitable” and “apt” for hosting the coming activities. 59 Finally, on July 23, while Cesarini was still occupied with the crusade against the Hussites, Ragusa and Palomar ofWcially convened the Council of Basel, and four days later Nider preached the opening sermon. 60 The Wrst critical issue Basel had to address was the matter of security for the many clerics and others who would be traveling to and from the city, which could be provided only by the surrounding secular lords.

60 The Wrst critical issue Basel had to address was the matter of security for the many clerics and others who would be traveling to and from the city, which could be provided only by the surrounding secular lords. 61 Cesarini, who Wnally had arrived in Basel in early September, wrote letters pleading for peace, and in late September he dispatched Johannes Nider, among others, to negotiate with the warring dukes for a truce. 62 Basel had its security. 64 In these early days, however, Nider actually performed his most important service for the council far from the city of Basel.

66 News of this action reached Basel only after Nider and the rest of the delegation to the Hussites had left, and needless to say, it threw their entire mission into uncertainty. Feverish letters were dispatched back and forth between Prague and Nuremberg and between Nuremberg and Basel as all parties sought some clariWcation of the situation. qxd 9/3/02 2:42 PM Page 25 T H E L I F E O F J OH A N N E S N I DE R 25 an initial meeting in the Bohemian border town of Cheb (Eger in German) to iron out certain difWcult points of security and protocol, and this letter reached Nuremberg on March 12.

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