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    Crushing the canon: Nicolas Jacquier’s response to the Canon Episcopi in the Flagellum haereticorum fascinariorum

    Champion, Matthew (2011) Crushing the canon: Nicolas Jacquier’s response to the Canon Episcopi in the Flagellum haereticorum fascinariorum. Magic, Witchcraft, Ritual 6 (2), pp. 183-211. ISSN 1556-8547.

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    Nicholas Jacquier’s Flagellum haereticorum fascinariorum, along with other works of the fifteenth century, attacks the canon Episcopi and its denial of witches’ flight. It argues that the sect of witches (or fascinarii) is new and unlike the women mentioned in the canon: they are conscious and awake while participating in “synagogues”; they have direct bodily communication with demons; faithful witness report on these meetings, giving dates and other signs of trustworthiness; and the fascinarii worship demons. Jacquier undermines the source of the canon, the Council of Ancyra: it was a local and not universal council, and it makes theologically problematic claims. Jacquier draws on contemporary reform of women’s piety of inwardness. He shows particular concern with the trampling of consecrated hosts, a deeply charged symbolic act.


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    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Flagellum haereticorum fascinariorum, Nicolas Jacquier, Council of Ancyra, Johannes Nider, Errores Gazariorum, Alfonso Tostado, John of Torquemada, Rogier van der Weyden, witchcraft, witchcraft theory, host desecration, fascinarii, Dominican reformers, canon Episcopi
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Matthew Champion
    Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 12:37
    Last Modified: 12 Jun 2021 11:07


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