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Euan Cameron

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257829.001.0001

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The Pastoral Use of the Scholastic Critique of Superstitions

The Pastoral Use of the Scholastic Critique of Superstitions

(p.135) 9 The Pastoral Use of the Scholastic Critique of Superstitions
Enchanted Europe

Euan Cameron

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the question of how far the ‘critique of superstition’ actually impacted the pastoral work of Europe's clergy. To take either of the extreme positions, to claim that the pastoral campaign was either extremely effective or failed utterly to have any impact, would be equally mistaken. There is enough evidence to infer that the pastoral campaign to manage and control ‘popular culture’ began well before the Reformation; but there is also evidence of sufficient fragmentation, disagreement, and divided voices to explain many of its limitations.

Keywords:   superstition literature, pastoral work, European clergy

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