Ecstatic Female Sainthood and Witchcraft in the Late Middle Ages, Public Lecture by Gabor Klaniczay (CEU)
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
This lecture - as part of the series on "Women and Christianity" - will show, how the spectacular influence of female prophets and visionaries (such as Birgitta of Sweden, Catherine of Siena or Joan of Arc) provoked a counter-reaction: the supernatural power these religious women claimed was put down as originating from the devil (an not from God). The accounts on heavenly visions and diabolic temptations contributed to the formation of the mythology of the Witches' Sabbath, the animosity towards the vogue of female religiosity contributed to reshape the concept of the witches as principally women.
Gábor Klaniczay is University Professor at CEU, Medieval Studies. His principal field is the historical anthropology of Christianity (sainthood, miracle beliefs, stigmata, visions, healing, magic, witchcraft). His books include The Uses of Supernatural Power (Cambridge, 1990), Holy Rulers and Blessed Princesses (Cambridge, 2002), Manufacturing the Middle Ages (ed. with Patrick Geary) (Leiden, 2013); Witchcraft and Demonology in Hungary and Transylvania. (ed. with Éva Pócs) (New York, 2017).