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19 June 2010 @ 04:49 pm
fun times in the library  
So I was actually looking for some other book on Shakespeare, but came across Elizabethan Demonology: An Essay by Thomas Alfred Spalding (London: Chatto and Windus, 1880) along the way. This book was dedicated to Robert Browning, so you can file that in your random trivia bank, I guess. At any rate, instead of a table of contents, the book has an "Analysis" listing the sections of the book and a brief description of each. The descriptions are things like this:

38. Names of greater devils. Horribly uncouth.

......

45. Catholic belief in devil's power to create bodies. 46. Reformers
deny this, but admit that he deceives people into believing that he
can do so: either by getting a hold of a dead body, and restoring
animation. 47. Or by means of illusion. 48. The common people stuck to
the Catholic tradition. Devils appear in likeness of an ordinary human
being. 49. Even a living one, which was sometimes awkward.


But, you know, only sometimes.
 
 
 
the most saint-obsessed Jew you'll ever meet: Hail Titivillusrymenhild on June 19th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful. Thank you for sharing it. :D
tempestsarekind: ophelia has so few optionstempestsarekind on June 19th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
You're welcome--what else would I do with random academic trivia?
Magistrix Texan: WOWerstwhiletexan on June 19th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
That books sounds EPIC. XD
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on June 19th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
I actually put it back because I was kind of afraid to read it (well, that and I already had more books than I could carry): what if the book isn't as good as the contents listing?

If I'm very good next week and get a lot of work done, maybe I'll go back for it. :)
cschells: medieval librarycschells on June 20th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
Wow. Oh, you have to go back for it. We need installments...
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on June 20th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Somehow, I'm not worried about winding up in the library again...I'm sure it'll make its way back into my hands soon. :)