French, Anna L (2008) Possession, Puritanism and Prophecy: Child Demoniacs and English Reformed Culture. Reformation, 13 (1). pp. 133-161. ISSN 1357-4175Full text not available from this repository.
This article will consider the implications of the role of children in cases of demonic possession. The child within the possession narrative did not simply occupy the world and minds of domestic or local culture. Rather, their spiritual plights and struggles also became both visible and important to a much wider stage and audience. The cases of the young and possessed reveal to us a world in which religious controversy was expressed in communities; it was spoken about, debated, witnessed and even experienced through the bodies of these children. Cases of possession can also reveal to us aspects of early modern religious culture in which children were temporarily granted iconic authority, through which they became the mouthpieces for certain strands of religious belief. Such a position allowed children not only to trespass social boundaries, or temporarily to defy social superiors and accepted authorities, but also, much more significantly, to gain power and authority of their own.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||REF2014 Submission|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
|Divisions:||Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies|
|Research Priority Areas:||Being Human - Past, Present & Future|
|Depositing User:||Anne Pengelly|
|Date Deposited:||14 Sep 2015 09:18|
|Last Modified:||11 Mar 2017 10:05|