This is a complete English translation of a Renaissance exorcist's manual. It is a concise history of demonology and contains accounts of seven exorcisms as well as Menghi's manual. Paxia's commentary explains what the signs of demonic possession are and who are the most vulnerable. Paxia also looks at Menghi's life in detail, including how he exorcised people and what objects he used during the ceremony.
Harsh asceticism, including ritual self-mortification, remains one of the most troubling and least understood aspects of monastic life in the Later Middle Ages. The nuns whose austere lives are celebrated in spiritual biographies and autobiographies in the Order of Preachers were long dismissed by traditional scholars as hysterics or inferior mimics of true mysticism. Some recent feminist studies either gloss over asceticism or portray its practitioners as traumatized victims of patriarchal oppression. Traditionalists and progressives seem to agree: extreme asceticism is best understood as pathetic or even pathological behavior. David Tinsley seeks to temper this view by exploring late-medieval asceticism on its own terms. Building on the work of Caroline Walker Bynum, Peter Dinzelbacher, and Jeffrey Hamburger, Tinsley analyzes the ascetic mentalities of Dominican convent culture in the 14th century, including the sources the nuns read, the famous ascetics they venerated, and their most common rituals and practices. The key question is how these nuns could see self-imposed suffering as so crucial to shaping the questing soul's journey to God.
To forge new allies in the battle against The Prophet, who seeks the destruction of the remnants of all technology, Rudi Mackenzie makes his way across the country to Nantucket, unaware that a fanatical officer in the Sword of The Prophet has been sent to stop him.
A new and startling look at Henry V, the heroic English warrior-king of Shakespeare's drama, argues that he was an intolerant bigot who avidly persecuted and burned Protestants, a Machiavellian politician, and a ruler bent on securing his questionable claim to the English throne at any cost. Reprint.
"Springhouse Nurse's Drug Guide"--now endorsed by the National Student Nurses' Association--covers more than 750 commonly used generic drugs and more than 3,000 trade names in an easy-to-find, A-to-Z format that incorporates the nursing process. The tightly organized monographs and clear, consistent writing style help beginning students more easily understand the material. The comprehensive pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics information and the route-oneset-peak-duration charts help more advanced students readily gasp a drug's actions.