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    DescriptionStrange Histories presents a serious account of some of the most extraordinary occurrences of European and North American history and explains how they made sense to people living at the time. Using case studies from the Middle Ages and the early modern period, this book provides fascinating insights into the world-view of a vanished age and shows how such occurences fitted in quite naturally with the "common sense" of the time. Explanations of these phenomena, riveting and ultimately rational, encourage further reflection on what shapes our beliefs today. What made reasonable, educated men and women behave in ways that seem utterly nonsensical to us today? This question and many more are answered in this fascinating book.

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    Strange Histories
    The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Darren Oldridge
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 216
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415288606
    ISBN 10: 0415288606

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: OCC503000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/NEWAGE
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037020
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    DC22: 001.909
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    LC classification: BD215.O53
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    BISAC V2.8: OCC000000
    DC22: 001.9/09
    LC classification: BD215 .O53 2005
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Illustrations note
    10 b&w plates
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    02 December 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Darren Oldridge is a lecturer in history at University College Worcester. He is the editor of The WItchcraft Reader.
    Review quote
    'In his lively and slightly ironic account, Darren Oldridge ... finds nothing unreasonable in prosecuting horses, witches and wolfmen ... Strange Histories is more than an entertaining catalog of oddities.' - Shepherd Express: Milwaukee 'A well-researched book, full of snippets of old text, diaries and manuscripts, there is much here for the scholar.' - Fate 'An entertaining book.' - The Medieval Review 'a fascinating book... [which offers] excellent, up-to-date summaries drawn from the recent scholarly literature. - Central European History
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction 2. Angels on a Pinhead 3. They Hang Horses, don't They? 4. The Roaming Dead 5. A Shipwreck of Souls: Understanding witchcraft 6. Werewolves and Flying Witches 7. Raptures and Forbidden Words 8. Suffering Saints 9. The Case for Killing Heretics 10. Conclusion: The edge of wonder