The Demons and the Friars: Illicit Magic and Mendicant Rivalry in Renaissance Bologna*

  title={The Demons and the Friars: Illicit Magic and Mendicant Rivalry in Renaissance Bologna*},
  author={Tamar Herzig},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  pages={1025 - 1058}
  • Tamar Herzig
  • Published 13 December 2011
  • History
  • Renaissance Quarterly
Abstract In 1473 Pope Sixtus IV instructed the vicar of the Bishop of Bologna to investigate rumors concerning Carmelite friars who were preaching that summoning demons in order to obtain responses from them was not heretical. Drawing on newly discovered archival sources, this article elucidates the circumstances that led the Franciscan pope to intervene in a conflict between the Bolognese Carmelites and the Dominican inquisitor Simone of Novara. It proposes that the Carmelite affair, which… 

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