Most Wanted

Have you seen this man? Eugène Vintras was – depending on who you believe – a fraudster or a prophet, and an inspiration for many of the heterodox religious movements of the fin-de-siècle and twentieth century. He was important enough to merit a walk-on part in Huysman’s La-bas (1891) and was also mentioned by Maurice Barrès. And […]

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‘A Most Certain, Strange, and true Discovery’: Witches in Modern France

Some of our enduring assumptions about the history of witchcraft in Europe after the ‘witch craze’ need busting. I’m hardly the first to notice this. In fact, several historians have written about how pervasive and inaccurate it is to think that secularization created the scepticism that made Europeans – and especially elites – realize that […]

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