Spectralities in the Renaissance

Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Caroline Callard
Translated by Trista Selous

Spectralities in the Renaissance explores the history of the idea of ghosts in early modern Europe, moving away from thinking of them as a purely religious phenomenon, but as something rooted in cultural traditions, particularly in times of violence, where the living and the dead were in close proximity. Callard focuses on ancien regime France, to explore how the notion of ghosts and the supernatural played a part in France’s early modern past, in such disparate areas as politics, law, natural philosophy, and the cultural and emotional history of everyday life.

Oxford university press, 2022
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