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Witchcraft and Hysteria in Elizabethan London : Edward Jorden and the Mary Glover Case - Michael MacDonald

Witchcraft and Hysteria in Elizabethan London

Edward Jorden and the Mary Glover Case

By: Michael MacDonald (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 6th December 1990
ISBN: 9780415017886
Number Of Pages: 372

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Witchcraft was at its height in Elizabethan London. Edward Jorden showed that hysteria and not demons lay behind the witch-craze.
Edward Jorden's Briefe Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother (1603) is said to have reclaimed the demoniacally possessed for medicine and to have introduced the concept of hysteria into English psychiatry. The aim of this book is to reassess the reasons why Jorden wrote his famous pamphlet and to set it in its actual historical context.
This book brings Jorden's pamphlet together with two works by Jorden's adversaries, John Swann's A True and Breife Report of Mary Glovers Vexation and Stephen Bradwell's Mary Glovers late Woeful Case', which has never before been published. Both of these concern the incident that provoked Jorden's Briefe Discourse, and they show that his pamphlet was in fact prompted by a bitter religious and political controversy over the case.
Michael MacDonald, in his introduction provides a fresh and realistic analysis of the politics of credulity and scepticism in early modern England and Jorden's part in them.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
A Briefe Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother (London, 1603)
A True and Brief Report of Mary Glovers Vexation and of Her Deliverance by Fastings and Prayer (London, 1603)
Mary Glovers Late Woefull Case, Together with Her Joyfull Deliverance (1603)
Notes on Editorial Conventions: Mary Glovers Late Woefull Case
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415017886
ISBN-10: 0415017882
Series: Tavistock Classics in the History of Psychiatry
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 6th December 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1

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