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Instructing Knowledge

  • Ane Ohrvik
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Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

Abstract

Chapter 7 explores the reading instructions provided in the prefaces of the Black Books. These prefaces explain who should read the books and thus utilise the knowledge, how the knowledge should be used, and why the reader should use the knowledge offered. The various Black Books agree to a large extent on ‘science lovers’ and ‘Christians’ as the model reader. The readership relates to how the knowledge, according to the books, should be used. User instructions are directly linked to a Christian worldview and ideals of pious living. It is argued that this connection generates dialogic relations to the critique of superstition put forward by theologians during the seventeenth century. A Christian ‘wrapping’ was thus an essential tool in the general conceptualisation of the books.

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  • Ane Ohrvik
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  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway

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