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Possession, Puritanism and Print
Darrell, Harsnett, Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Exorcism Controversy
This monograph tells a compelling story of injustice and passionate resistance to religious persecution in the last years of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Through an analysis of a sensational series of demonic possessions and exorcisms, it highlights the existence of controversies in print in the late Elizabethan period of the kind that would one day lead to civil war. This book is the first full-length, analytical study of the pamphlet controversy surrounding John Darrell, a rebellious 'puritan', and his group of exorcists. The cultural implications of the case, based on the puritan (or 'godly') notion that devils could be expelled only by their favoured methods of prayer and fasting, were immense. With their emphasis on the Word, and on God's choice of godly families to demonstrate his power, no matter how unknown or poor these families might be, puritan pamphleteers tapped into existing English Protestant beliefs in providence and equality before God.
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