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The Mythmaker of the Sabbat: Pierre de Lancre’s Tableau des mauvais anges et demons (1612)

Maus de Rolley, T; Machielsen, J; (2020) The Mythmaker of the Sabbat: Pierre de Lancre’s Tableau des mauvais anges et demons (1612). In: Machielsen, J, (ed.) The Science of Demons: Early Modern Authors Facing Witchcraft and the Devil. (pp. 283-298). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The witch-hunt De Lancre conducted, together with his colleague Jean d’Espaignet (1564–after 1643), during the summer and autumn of 1609 in the Pays de Labourd, a Basque-speaking territory on France’s border with Spain, is justly ranked among the most famous and notorious of the early modern period. De Lancre's sensationalist 1612 account of his experiences one historian has described it as a work of 'scholarly pornography' includes the most detailed description of the witches' sabbat of the early modern period. The Tableau offered perhaps the most detailed and explicit account of the sabbat in early modern literature, and was one of the very first printed works to describe the sabbat in such detail as a Black Mass that is, as a systematic inversion and parody of the Catholic Mass. De Lancre also devoted an entire chapter to the 'incestuous' Spanish dances that were performed with 'even more liberty and insolence' at the sabbat.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Mythmaker of the Sabbat: Pierre de Lancre’s Tableau des mauvais anges et demons (1612)
ISBN-13: 9781138571839
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9780203702512
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203702512
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10103453
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