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Lmems 17 Servants of Satan and Masters of Demons, Knutsen: The Spanish Inquisitions Trials for Superstition, Valencia and Barcelona, 1478-1700 Gunnar W. Knutsen

Lmems 17 Servants of Satan and Masters of Demons, Knutsen: The Spanish Inquisitions Trials for Superstition, Valencia and Barcelona, 1478-1700

Gunnar W. Knutsen

Published March 31st 2010
ISBN : 9782503528618
Hardcover
227 pages
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This book offers a systematic study of the trials for superstition in the Spanish Inquisitions two tribunals in Valencia and Barcelona in the period 1478-1700. One of the most intriguing contrasts between the trials in northern and southern Spain isMoreThis book offers a systematic study of the trials for superstition in the Spanish Inquisitions two tribunals in Valencia and Barcelona in the period 1478-1700. One of the most intriguing contrasts between the trials in northern and southern Spain is that while both areas saw a large number of trials for superstition, Valencia did not conduct trials for demonological witchcraft. Catalonia, on the other hand, saw a large number of such trials, the majority of which occurred in secular courts. These contrasts bring into focus significant differences in culture and mythology. The Barcelona Inquisition was unable to enforce its jurisdiction over trials for diabolical witchcraft, while the Valencian Inquisition was able to do just that because Valencians rejected the demonological concept of witchcraft. This was due mainly to the Valencians own magical culture which emphasized mans ability to control and force demons, but also to the fact that Moriscos formed the majority of the rural population, which was the primary focus of witchcraft trials in Europe. By comparing the Catalan and Valencian tribunals, the book thus seeks to explain the absence in the southern half of Spain of brujas, witches who gave their souls to the devil, flew through the night, took part in wild orgies at the witches sabbat, and caused death and destruction through magical means.