Martin Delrio: Scholarship and Demonology in the Counter-Reformation (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs)

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If the Jesuit Martin Delrio (1551-1608) is remembered at all today, it is for his Disquisitiones magicae (1599-1600), a voluminous tome on witchcraft and superstition which was reprinted numerous times until 1755.

The present volume recovers the lost world of Delrio's wider scholarship. Delrio emerges here as a figure of considerable interest not only to historians of witchcraft but to the broader fields of early modern cultural, religious and intellectual history as well. As the editor of classical texts, notably Senecan tragedy, Delrio had a number of important philological achievements to his name. A friend of the Flemish philosopher Justus Lipsius (1547-1606) and an enemy of the Huguenot scholar Joseph Scaliger (1540-1609), he played an important part in the Republic of Letters and the confessional polemics of his day. Delrio's publications after his admission to the Society of Jesus (the Disquisitiones included) marked a significant contribution to the intellectual culture of the Counter-Reformation. Catholic contemporaries accordingly rated him highly, but later generations proved less kind.

As attitudes towards witchcraft changed, the context in which the Disquisitiones first emerged disappeared from view and its author became a byword for credulity and cruelty. Recovering this background throws important new light on a period in history when the worlds of humanism and Catholic Reform collided. In an important chapter, the book demonstrates that demonology, in Delrio's hands, was a textual science, an insight that sheds new light on the way witchcraft was believed in. At the same time, the book also develops a wider argument about the significance of Delrio's writings, arguing that the Counter-Reformation can also be seen as a textual project and Delrio's contribution to it as the product of a mindset forged in its fragile borderlands.

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Jan Machielsen (DPhil in History, Oxford, 2011) is Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern European History at New College, Oxford. He is the editor, with Clare Copeland, of Angels of Light?: Sanctity and the Discernment of Spirits in the Early Modern Period (2013) and the author of a number of articles exploring the intersection of religious and intellectual history. This is his first monograph.

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"[A] tour de force. It sheds new light on the career of the Spanish-Flemish Jesuit, Martin Delrio....Machielsen's emphasis on Delrio's self-fashioning strategies and his meticulous reconstruction of Delrio's trajectory as a Spanish subject who himself participated in the political context of the Low Countries during the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648) is a major contribution. Machielsen's book is, above all, a significant history of Counter-Reformation scholarly culture. Through a dynamic portrait, Machielsen explains how Delrio transitioned from being a humanist expert in classics to a demonologist seeking fame as a Jesuit theologian....In analyzing Delrio's life and work, Machielsen finds an original and convincing way to consider how Counter-Reformation scholarship contributed significantly to late Renaissance textual criticism, historiography, and politics."--Fabien Montcher, Erudition and the Republic of Letters


"[T]his is a book every student of the religious and intellectual history of Europe should read and read again. It is a consummate work of illumination."--P. G. Maxwell-Stuart, Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft


"[T]his admirable study will be of interest to a wide range of scholars beyond the witchcraft specialists."--Church History and Religious Culture


"Martin Delrio: Demonology and Scholarship in the Counter-Reformation is a major scholarly achievement and a book that it is difficult to praise too highly for the scope of its engagement with all aspects of Delrio's work....It is difficult to imagine Machielsen's book ever being surpassed as the definitive biography of Martin Delrio, but beyond this, it is also a book that ought to be read by all scholars of the Counter-Reformation..."--Reviews in History


"This is an outstanding and important book....In connecting the dots and presenting a multifaceted Delrio, Machielsen reminds us of both the coherence and the varieties of early modern Catholic scholarship."--Journal of Jesuit Studies


"Some fifteen years ago I suggested that Delrio needed a full biography, and here it is at
last, done so well and with such meticulous scholarship, acute insight, and remarkable
flair that it is unlikely ever to need replacement."--Renaissance Quarterly


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