Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies reviewed in Fortean Times

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Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies: The Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe by Michael D. Bailey is reviewed in issue 309 of Fortean Times. Here’s an excerpt:

“This is no pop history of spells and hexes. Michael D. Bailey’s approach to late mediæval superstition highlights the
challenges of determining what constitutes acceptable spiritual practice. He emphasises that an exact definition of superstition may not exist: superstition itself is slippery and protean. The key word is boundaries: when did behaviour cross the line from proper to improper religious devotion? Bailey drives his inquiry with a larger concern about ‘how
people understand metaphysical forces,’ which applies not just to superstition, but to religion overall.”

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