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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe - Semester 2

A collection of seminar sheets with bibliographies and topic summaries prepared for the Special Subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe. This module ran at the Department of History, University of Sheffield.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2.17: The Royal Society of London: Scientific Institution - and public relations instrument of the 'new science'

This seminar deals with the Royal Society of London and the rising 'new science' and 'experimental philosophy' of the 17th century.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2.14: The New Experience of Nature: Robert Boyle's 'Pneumatical Engine'

This seminar looks into the experimental philosophy that grew during the 17th century in Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2.12: Prophets, Seers and Messiahs

This seminar looks at the scriptural grounds for believing that the 'Last Days' would be accompanied by 'false prophets'.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Eruope: Seminar 2.11: Astrology's Contested Role

This seminar explores the contested role of Astrology in early-modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2.10: Almanacs, Astrology and Change

A seminar about early-modern almanacs and astrology and how opinions about these changed during the period.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2.9: Monstrous Births and unnatural Happenings

This seminar explores how 'monstrous creatures' and human birth accidents were understood as signs of God's providence.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2.8: Providence and the Natural World

A seminar that explores beliefs in portents in early-modern Europe. This seminar is linked to seminar 07 on Protestant Piety.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2.5: Sudden Deaths and Providential Punishment: Protestant Views of Providence

A Seminar examining sudden death and the belief in providential punishment in early-modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2.3: The Dangers of 'Sadducisma' and the Defence of Witchcraft

This seminar focuses on Joseph Glanvill's Saducismus Triumphatus, which attempts to provide a 'reasonable' justification of the existence and power of witchcraft in the world.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2.2: Rituals and Religious Controversy - Exorcism

A seminar examining the role of exorcism in Elizabethan protestant circles, and how the idea fitted uncomfortably in the revised religion.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2.1: Demonic Possession and Popish Impostures

This seminar examines the idea of Demonic possession in early-modern European thought.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Exercise - Text Extracts for Commentary

A set of extracts upon which students are expected to attempt a commentary. Includes a bibliography. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 22: Witches on Stage (and Screen)

Witchcraft was more often represented on stage in the Jacobean period than at any other time. In this seminar we are interested in what impact such plays are likely to have had on their audiences; whether the relationship to the witchcraft that we have now studied is an accurate one (and, where relevant, how the dramatists used contemporary cases of witchcraft to give them their dramatic material), etc. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 21: The Witchcraze in Essex

This seminar will examine the craze of witch-hunting in Essex during the civil wars. A key figure in the 'witch-craze' of 1645 was Matthew Hopkins. The seminar will ask students to consider, in particular, the role of Hopkins as witch-hunter and attitudes towards him and his work. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 20: The Witch-Craze in Lancashire

This seminar and its sequel explore the rich documentation on witchcraft trials surviving for two English regions: Lancashire and Essex. They have both been subjected to considerable historical analysis already; and acquired a degree of public exposure too. So the aims of this seminar are to test various scholarly assumptions about the origins and process of witchcraft accusations against the regional evidence. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 19: The Crime of Witchcraft validated by a monarch

This seminar will examine in depth James VI (and I’s) attitude towards witchcraft as portrayed in his text Daemonologie (1597). Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 18: The Crime of Witchcraft: Radical Doubters

We tend to imagine that there was a consensus of beliefs about witchcraft and the powers of the devil, with that unity beginning to break down only towards the end of the seventeenth century under the impact of the scientific movement and the scepticism of the early Enlightenment. This seminar challenges these assumptions by showing that there was no real consensus earlier on. The seminar focuses specifically on Reginald Scot and John Webster. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 17: Witchcraft in a Yorkshire Gentry Family

This seminar considers how witchcraft belief was exploited for various means and what role the belief in and practice of witchcraft played in the local community. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 16: Witchcraft Sensationalism: Witchcraft pamphlets

Witchcraft was a scandal as well as a crime. The issue of scandal often appears in witchcraft trials. This seminar examines literary and oral resources to understand the role ‘gossip’ and scandal played in witchcraft cases. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 15: Continental Comparisons: Witchcraft in Lorraine and Bavaria

There is a strong historiographical tradition, sustained by the insularity of English historians, that English witchcraft and accusation were ‘somehow distinctive from the continental equivalents of these phenomena’. This seminar concentrates on the case of the Duchy of Lorraine to show that the English experience was a variation on themes that were prominent within Europe and not entirely ‘distinctive’ as has been claimed. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 13: The Crime of Witchcraft

This seminar examines the criminalization of witchcraft in the early modern period. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 12: Apparitions, Erudite Sccepticism, and the Republic of Letters: Daniel Defoe and the origins of the Gothic Imagination

This session examines the relationship between the literature on apparitions and the emerging ‘Republic of Letters’, especially focusing on works by Thomas Hobbes and Daniel Defoe. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 11: The Ghost in the Machine: The Supernatural and the Scientific Movement

This seminar examines the scientific revolution/movement and the conception of the natural world through the lens of a member of the Royal Society, Joseph Glanvill, and the case which he popularised of the Drummer of Tedworth. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 10: Angels and Spiritual Presences

This seminar focuses on the protestant opinion of angels and spiritual presences. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 9: Ghosts, Fairies, Frauds and the Natural World

Examination of the role of and belief in fairies during the early modern period. Discussion of literature and events surrounding this belief in fairies, how it was taken advantage of, and specifically how it was linked to the discourse surrounding witchcraft. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 8: Good and Bad Deaths

Exploration of what represented a 'good death' and by contrast what 'bad deaths' were characterised by in this period. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 7: The Protestant Way of Dying

What did funeral practice in the early modern period look like and what were the rituals and ceremonies (both formal and informal) surrounding it? This seminar examines primary source accounts to answer those questions. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 6: The Debate about Purgatory in Protestant England

A discussion of purgatory, death and the afterlife during the early-mid sixteenth century through analysis of the primary sources that surround the debate over purgatory etc. Specifically Simon Fish's A Supplication for the beggars (1529). Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 5: Late Medieval Christianity and the End of Purgatory

Examination of late Medieval Christianity's approaches to death. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 4: Ghosts and Literature

Discussion of 'ghost stories' and the role of literary culture in early modern understandings of ghosts. Based upon the key text Mother Leakey and the Bishop. Includes questions to consider. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 3: What to do when you see a ghost

Explores Ludwig Lavater's Of Ghostes and Spirites walking by nyght (1572). Specifically examining in detail Lavater's advice on appropriate behaviour when encountering a ghost. Includes questions to consider. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 2: 'Walking Spirits' - Lavater's 'Scientific' Investigation of Ghosts

Explores Ludwig Lavater's Of Ghostes and Spirites walking by nyght (1572). Includes bibliography and background information. Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Seminar 1: Setting the scene

Explores John Vicar's Prodigies and Apparitions or England's Warning Pieces (1643). Prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe: Introduction

A brief introduction to the course, number of teaching hours, and course assignments along with a brief discussion of the historiography, seminar programme and list of essay questions. These materials were prepared for the special subject module: Ghosts, Witches and Portents in Early Modern Europe.

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Pagans, Christians and Heretics in Medieval Europe: King Clovis and the Franks

Preparation sheet and associated exercise for students studying King Clovis (c. 481-511) and the Franks, with suggested reading, and questions to be considered. The exercise is an extract from Gregory of Tours about Clovis' conversion.

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Pagans, Christians and Heretics in Medieval Europe: Julian the Apostate

Preparation sheet and exercise for students studying Julian the Apostate. The exercise is an analysis of Julian's 'The Caesars'.

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Pagans, Christians and Heretics in Medieval Europe: Constantine

A preparation sheet and related exercise for students studying Emperor Constantine, with suggested reading, exercises and questions to be considered for a seminar. The exercise is a comparison of two primary accounts - Lactantius and Eusebius of Cesarea.

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