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The devil's scourge : exorcism during the Italian Renaissance
Menghi, Girolamo, 1529-1609.
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Works. Selections. English. 2002
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Boston, Mass ; York Beach, Me : S. Weiser, 2002.
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ix, 210 pages ; 23 cm
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Originally published : York Beach, Me :Red/Weiser, 2002.
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BX2340 .M4613 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The famous exorcist Menghi (1529-1609) first published the ancient texts used for the practice in 1576. Paxia, a teacher of Italian and history near Venice, has selected seven of them that he thinks can contribute to a deeper understanding of the horrendous, mysterious world of demonic realities. He also discusses demonology from antiquity to the Renaissance, Menghi's vision of evil, and the practice of exorcism. Janet Sethre translated either from the original Latin or perhaps from Paxia's Italian for an uncited edition. There is no index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Girolamo Manghi (1529-1609) was born in Viadana. Italy, in the province of Mantua. He entered the Franciscan order at the age of 20 and became superior of a Franciscan province in 1598. He was known as the "father of the exorcist's art"
Gaetanmo Paxia was born in a tiny village in southern Sicily. He teaches Italian and History near Venice. He and his American wife have three children

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Part I Demonology: A Historical Perspective
Chapter 1 Demonology from Antiquity to the Renaissancep. 3
Chapter 2 Girolamo Menghi's Vision of Evilp. 19
Chapter 3 Introduction to the Practice of Exorcismp. 31
Part II Girolamo Menghi: Terrible and Mighty Exorcisms Efficacious in Driving out Evil Spirits from the Bodies of the Possessed
First Exorcismp. 41
Second Exorcism, against devils attacking the human bodyp. 69
Third Exorcism, excellent and of wondrous efficacy against the evil spiritsp. 83
Fourth Exorcism, terrible and of great efficacy against devils that oppress human bodiesp. 99
Fifth Exorcism, against unclean spiritsp. 117
Sixth Exorcism, mighty, terrible, and of marvelous efficacy for driving out unclean spiritsp. 131
Seventh Exorcism, terrible against devils that oppress human bodiesp. 163
Appendixp. 195
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 207