Shelves: s , history , horror , weird-fiction Very modern sounding for a book of this period. It is in the "how many angels could dance on the head of a pin" genre of intense concentrated reasoning based on theological premises. It discusses various questions about demons, angels, incubi, or the variety of non-human but rational beings which Christians suppose to exist. What they eat, where they live, what their bodies might be like.
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Lodovico Maria Sinistrari was a Franciscan theologian whose main contribution to Demonology and Witchcraft was his work Demoniality. In it he examines sexual acts with Demons and likened demons more to the Lutin, or mischievous Hobgoblin, than to evil servants of Satan. Sinistrari had an illustrious career as a theologian. He was born on the 26th February in Ameno, a small town in Piedmont, Italy.
While there he was made a Professor of Philosophy teaching Theology. He became a popular preacher throughout Italy and Students from all over Europe flocked to hear him lecture. Good-looking and personable, he was well liked by Royalty as well as the general public. By , Sinistrari was in retreat at the Franciscan sanctuary of Sacro Monte, where he wrote poetry and compiled the statutes of his Order and wrote other works.
He died there on the 6th March at age The Book His manuscript Demoniality De Daemonialitate, et Incubis et Succubis remained unknown until , when an original copy was discovered in a London bookshop by Isidore Lisieux, a bibliophile. The shop had acquired part of the collection from a man who had died in Florence; and Demoniality was among its manuscripts. It was only 86 pages in length, handwritten in Latin on Italian parchment.
Lisieux translated it into French and published it in It was then translated into English. A edition includes an introduction and notes by Montague Summers. Demoniality While his book Demoniality arrived in print to late to directly affect the witch trails of the previous centuries, but having been written during those times, it clearly demonstrates how even top intellectuals could be drawn into the delusion.
Witches and wizards are physically present at Sabbats and copulate with the Devil and demons as part of their infernal pact. Demons also have intercourse with people, appearing to them at night and impersonating human lovers.
Some of these copulating demons are different from the anti-religious demons that possess people, according to Sinistrari; they simply want to satisfy carnal lusts and harass people. Sinistrari would have been in a minority in his time concerning his views on copulating demons. By the 17th century, there were other skeptics about the alleged sabbat Devil pacts and other abnormal activities. He was considered an expert on exorcism and wrote about the effects during exorcisms of various plants and other substances including cubeb, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg.
He was also considered an expert on Demonology and sins relating to sexuality, especially combinations of Demonilatria, including investigations of individuals accused of sexual relations with demons.
Allegations along these lines influenced later Inquisition investigations of those accused of witchcraft. Bibliography of written works Sinistrari was a prolific author and was responsible for many of the works that framed Inquisitional thinking during the 17th century, particularly regarding the Incubus, Succubus and other demons thought to be roaming the Earth, and regarding sexual practices which were considered sinful: De Daemonialitate et Incubis et Succubis Demoniality: Or, Incubi and Succubi.
Lewdness - which dealt with sexual sins especially homosexuality. Peccatum Mutum The Mute Sin - finally published in , dealing specifically with sodomy.
Ludovico Maria Sinistrari
Lodovico Maria Sinistrari was a Franciscan theologian whose main contribution to Demonology and Witchcraft was his work Demoniality. In it he examines sexual acts with Demons and likened demons more to the Lutin, or mischievous Hobgoblin, than to evil servants of Satan. Sinistrari had an illustrious career as a theologian. He was born on the 26th February in Ameno, a small town in Piedmont, Italy. While there he was made a Professor of Philosophy teaching Theology.
The other, more infamous section, which we are going to look at today, fits far more comfortably within the context of this blog; it is a chapter on Demoniality. The story of the manuscript of Demoniality is as interesting as its contents. In , a French bookseller named Isidore Liseax spent a short holiday in England rummaging about in some antique booksellers. He took it back to France, translated it, and published it 3 years later.