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Magic, Myth, Reality and Revelation: The Performance of Divine Power on Dartmoor, (UK)

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David Charles Harvey - Lecturer

Joanne Parker - Lecturer

Julseminar 2019: Magi
Abstract: This paper explores the nexus between the folk heritage of an unusual archaeological site, an early modern account of ‘ball lightning’, and the literary construction of an affective atmosphere. It examines how a violent storm in October 1638 provided a symbolic reservoir for narrative accounts of both the performance of God’s power and the Devil’s trickery, thereby providing lessons for civil conduct alongside magical explanations of some unusual archaeological features. Tracing a biographical life history of how a Seventeenth Century storm was invoked and remembered at different periods since the event, we chart how various narratives of landscape can unfold over several centuries.
3 Dec 2019

Event (Seminar)

TitleJuleseminar 2019, afholdt af Forskningsenhed for Europæisk Middelalder og Middelaldercirklen ved Aarhus Universitet
LocationAarhus Universitet
Degree of recognitionLocal event

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