John Dee and the Seven in Lancashire: Possession, Exorcism, and Apocalyse in Elizabethan Engand

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STEPHEN BOWD, 'John Dee and the Seven in Lancashire: Possession, Exorcism, and Apocalypse in Elizabethan England'. In 1596 John Dee, warden of Christ's College of Manchester, was approached by Nicholas Starkey of Cleworth Hall for advice about some members of his household who had been possessed by the devil for almost two years. Dee's involvement with the exorcism of the 'Seven of Lancashire', as they were known, was closer than has been previously thought and it is reconstructed in this article on the basis of published and manuscript sources. Dee's longstanding interest in possession and exorcism is also described here and placed in the context of religious tensions in England, particularly in the north, at the end of the sixteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-46
Number of pages15
JournalNorthern History
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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