English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553–1829 (Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700) Hardcover – 15 Feb 2013
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'... this work is a nice addition to the literature of English Catholic belief during this time period. [Young's] conclusions are well supported by the sources he cites; he makes the case that English Catholic belief in the supernatural world of witches, ghosts, haunted houses, and other oddities fits more nicely within the context of their English setting than in that of any primary influence from continental Catholicism.' Sixteenth Century Journal 'An undoubted strength of Francis Young's study is his sensitivity to the cultural context within which Catholics encountered the supernatural... This understanding informs a study that engages with current scholarship on the nature of the Catholic community, as well as a burgeoning literature on all aspects of pre-modern supernatural belief, which continues to enhance our comprehension of contemporary religious cultures.' Recusant History '... Young presents a rich and balanced picture, thoroughly contextualizing ideas about the supernatural within the wider religious and political context and changing internal dynamics of the English Catholic community.' History 'English Catholics and the Supernatural certainly provides some fascinating insight and I would recommend this to anyone interested in the history of Catholicism, the intellectual and religious history of post-Reformation England, and early modern engagement with the supernatural.' Reviews in History '... this monograph remains a thought-provoking and appealing read, which offers a rich, well-documented and intelligent analysis of a so-far neglected subject.' E-rea 'The strength of this book lies in its overall intention to understand English Catholics' relationship with the supernatural primarily from a Catholic perspective. Young achieves this by using a variety of well-known collections as well as controversial works, although Protestant works are discussed where Catholic sources are silent.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'English Catholics and the Supernatural engages two topics in a fruitful conversation and, as a result, is a very welcome addition to the scholarship.' Journal of Jesuit Studies 'Young's book, however, has considerable value for the wide range of documentary sources which it contains, not only in the many anecdotes of dealings with the supernatural which are cited in the text, but also in the appendices which include a table of documented Catholic exorcisms in England...' English Historical Review
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