Oedipus and the Devil: Witchcraft, Religion and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe
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This bold and imaginative book marks out a different route towards understanding the body, and its relationship to culture and subjectivity. Amongst other subjects, Lyndal Roper deals with the nature of masculinity and feminity.
world, their arguments tended to sever the chains of causation between the divine and the mundane. In early mainstream EXORCISM AND THE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY 177 evangelicalism, extreme bodily states were not taken to mark out an individual as possessed of especial spiritual gifts. Protestantism in its early years brought not so much a secularization of the world as a desomatization of the spiritual. This is not to say that evangelicals had no concept of the physical manifestation of spiritual
Light read everything and had the courage to tell me when it would not do (the test of real friendship), my brother Mike Roper cheerfully heard and read endless raves and papers—his work on masculinity has been a very great influence—and Barbara Taylor has acted as ‘editor’, giving me the confidence not only to keep going until I got it right, but to know when it was okay not to go further. Without her, without all of them, no book. Acknowledgements The author and publishers would like to
Walkowitz’s history of nineteenthcentury English prostitution uses that issue to get to the heart of relations between men and women and explore nineteenth-century feminism.3 Important as it is to make these topics central to historical understanding, however, I think there may be a danger here. By treating heterosexuality as the key to understanding past patriarchies we have already transported our own notion of what is sexual into past societies whose delineation of the field of the sexual may
hesin die Ee Versprochen vnnd sie zu fall dardruch pracht.’ ‘hab die hesin thon wie ein tochter, die gern ein man hete gehapt, vnd die weil dempf ein feiner Junger gesel. so wol wirken kind, sey, hab er Jr besser dan er gezeug vnd ander gefallen’. 4 Sexual utopianism in the German Reformation When the first clerical marriage took place in defiance of church law, the Reformation embarked on a course which involved far more than mere tinkering with the moral regulation of the priesthood.
‘sondern solches alles in guter Stille und geheim bei uns und unter uns’. Indeed, in 1558 the council had even decreed that anyone found in a suspicious place or with suspicious people should be admonished, and, if there were sufficient indices of suspicion, punished corporally. StadtAA, Ratsbuch 30/II, fos 80 r-v, 29 Oct. 1558, and transcribed as an addition in Zucht and Executionsordnung 1553, Schätze ad 36/5, fo. 37 v. Thus in 1554, Anton Fugger, short of cash, demanded that Ortel send him