Discerning spirits

divine and demonic possession in the Middle Ages

By Caciola, Nancy

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ISBN
978-0-80144-084-7
Publisher
Ithaca, N.Y. ; Cornell University Press, 2003.


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Reviewed on September 15, 2003

Caciola (history, Univ. of California, San Diego) brings to light lesser-known but textually documented visionaries of the Middle Ages, along with the big names, in her study of the fine line between "delusional" and "devotional" behaviors. In discussing these medieval women's behavior and writings, she highlights the fact that gender was often the factor that determined whether one was considered demonically or divinely possessed. Medieval mystic and abbess Hildegard of Bingen her...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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