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Le Loyer, Pierre

Born: 24th November 1550, in Huilé (Anjou)
Died: 27th January 1634, Angers
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1183-1
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Abstract

French lawyer, demonographer, and scholar Le Loyer intends to build a real encyclopedia of the apparitions, based on the old, medieval, and contemporary texts. To this syncretism, he adds a legal doctrine. His contribution to demonology consists mainly in the efforts to explore its phenomena scientifically. Thus, the witches, specters, ghosts, and demons take on in his writings an epistemological value.

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References

Demonology, Ghosts, Spectres, Witch Hunt, Neoplatonism, Renaissance Magic, Inquisition, Reformation, Counter-Reformation

    Primary Literature

    1. Demougin, Patrick. 1995. Étude sur l’œuvre démonologique de Pierre Le Loyer, 1550–1634, Lille, ANRT, 1995 (microfiche); Id. 1991. Littérature, démonologie et érudition à la fin du XVIe siècle et au début du XVIIe siècle: Le cas de Pierre Le Loyer in Renaissance européenne et phénomènes religieux (1450–1650), Festival d’Histoire de Montbrison (3–7 October 1990), 127–138, Montbrison: Association du Centre Culturel de la ville de Montbrison.Google Scholar
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    Secondary Literature

    1. Chesters, Timothy. 2011. Ghost stories in late renaissance France. Oxford: Oxford University.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Indications on Pierre Le Loyer’s Life

    1. Barbier, Antoine Alexandre. 1829/1767. Dictionnaire historique ou Biographie universelle classique, , vol. II, Paris: C. Gosselin.Google Scholar
    2. Bayle, Pierre. 1720. Dictionnaire historique et critique, Rotterdam: Michel Bohm, voll. II: 1736.Google Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire d’’Etudes des MonothéismesCNRSParisFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marco Sgarbi
    • 1
  1. 1.University Ca' Foscari VeniceVeniceItaly