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Giovan Battista Codronchi’s De morbis Veneficis ac Veneficiis (1595). Medicine, Exorcism and Inquisition in Counter-Reformation Italy

Department of History, Cultures, Religions, Sapienza University of Rome, 00155 Rome, Italy
Religions 2019, 10(11), 612; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10110612
Received: 5 September 2019 / Revised: 25 October 2019 / Accepted: 28 October 2019 / Published: 4 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Witchcraft, Demonology and Magic)
The physician Giovan Battista Codronchi (1547–1628) is a key figure of sixteenth-century medicine. A study of his main work De morbis veneficis ac veneficiis (1595) and his letters sent to the Congregation of the Index in Rome (1597) can teach us much about the interrelation between medicine and religion in Counter-Reformation Italy. Using Codronchi as a prism, this article uncovers a complex picture in which themes such as the production of demonological texts at the height of the European witch-hunt, the related debate about the roles of physicians and exorcists, and the influence of physicians on the development of the Index of Forbidden Books are interrelated. View Full-Text
Keywords: medicine; demonology; gynecology; inquisition; censorship; counter-reformation Italy medicine; demonology; gynecology; inquisition; censorship; counter-reformation Italy
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Ambrosi, F. Giovan Battista Codronchi’s De morbis Veneficis ac Veneficiis (1595). Medicine, Exorcism and Inquisition in Counter-Reformation Italy. Religions 2019, 10, 612.

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