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The bedevilment of Elizabeth Lorentz / edited by Peter A. Morton ; translated by Barbara Dähms.

Other author/creatorMorton, Peter Alan, editor.
Other author/creatorDähms, Barbara, 1954- translator.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2018]
Copyright Notice ©2018
Descriptionlxi, 79 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Subject(s)
Abstract "Those familiar with the trial of Tempel Anneke will be pleased to see this new title by Peter A. Morton and translator, Barbara Dahms. Elizabeth Lorentz was a servant girl in the house of Hilmar von Strombek who was tormented by her belief that she was possessed by the Devil and brought to trial in 1667. After behaving strangely and relating mysterious tales of her past to her mistress, Lorentz confessed that the Devil had come to her in the guise of a young man, trying to convince her to harm the four-year-old son of the household. The trial grappled with the question: was Lorentz a willing accomplice of the Devil, or was she suffering from melancholy as a result of her previous sins? In the accessible Introduction, Morton situates Lorentz within the context of the Reformation and its impact on her surroundings. The role of the devil and demonic possession in the context of the trial are clearly explained. Additional value is provided in the Appendix where Morton has added the fascinating story of Appolonia Stampke who is also a victim of demonic possession. The histories of these two women will enrich any course on early modern Europe by allowing students to inhabit a world where mental illness was treated as a religious phenomenon. To help student's engage with the complex materials, the author has included 12 images and 4 maps as well as a note on the translation."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formBiography.
Genre/formCase studies.
Genre/formTrials, litigation, etc.
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