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Martin Delrio: Demonology and Scholarship in the Counter-Reformation

Jan Machielsen


The protagonist of this study, the Jesuit Martin Delrio (1551–1608), is a largely forgotten figure, purposefully elided from many of the scholarly and religious spheres to which he contributed. To the extent that he is remembered today it is for his Disquisitiones magicae (1599–1600), a study of witchcraft and superstition that went through numerous editions and was last reprinted in 1755. The present volume recovers the lost world of Delrio’s wider scholarship and shows that the Disquisitiones, removed from this context, has been widely misunderstood. Martin Delrio, as a friend of the Flemish ... More

Keywords: Martin Delrio, demonology, Counter-Reformation, early modern Catholicism, humanism, Justus Lipsius, Joseph Scaliger, Republic of Letters, history of scholarship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265802
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Machielsen, author
Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern European History,, New College Oxford

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