Excerpt from Glanvill's "A blow at modern Sadducism in some philosophical considerations about witchcraft. To which is added, the relation of the fam'd disturbance by the drummer, in the house of Mr. John Mompesson, with some reflections on drollery and atheisme"

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Excerpt from Glanvill's "A blow at modern Sadducism in some philosophical considerations about witchcraft. To which is added, the relation of the fam'd disturbance by the drummer, in the house of Mr. John Mompesson, with some reflections on drollery and atheisme"

Subject

Excerpt from book by Joseph Glanvill, an author cited in "Anti-Gothic"

Description

In this excerpt from Glanvill's well-known book advocating for the existence of witches and witchcraft, Glanvill posits that deniers of the existence of witchcraft choose to focus on the impieties of the present day while ignoring the reality behind the great impiety of "witchcraft," a heretic art grounded in truth. Glanvill's introduction focuses on impious groups and their tendency to deny the existence of witches and apparitions, using this to attest to the reality of witches and supernatural monsters. Glanvill's call to witchcraft represents a pattern that had occurred repeatedly throughout European history in which unexpected environmental or political events combined with Christian sectarian unrest to produce mass hysteria surrounding witches and witchcraft.

This particular incidence of witch-hysteria is referenced in the letter featured in "Terrorist Novel Writing" as a symbol of the annoyance of writings concerning the supernatural. The anonymous author of the letter references Glanvill, and likely this text, claiming that the contemporary literary Gothics are to their generation what Glanvill was to their forebears: a "bug-a-boo."

Creator

Joseph Glanvill

Date

1668

Relation

Terrorist Novel Writing, Northanger Abbey

Language

English

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That there MAY be
WITCHES and Apparitions
in our dayes, notwithstanding
the Objections of
the Modern Sadduce, I believe
I have made appear in
the CONSIDERATIONS

following; in which I did
not primarily intend direct
proof, but DEFENCE,
as the Title of the first Edition,
which is restor'd in this
mention'd. But I have now
added the evidence of the
Divine Oracles, and two
Relations of Fact, that are
clear and unexceptionable. I
have no humour nor delight
in telling Stories, and do not
publish these, for the gratification
of those that have;
but I record them as Arguments
for the confirmation
of a Truth, which hath indeed
been attested by multitudes

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Joseph Glanvill, “Excerpt from Glanvill's "A blow at modern Sadducism in some philosophical considerations about witchcraft. To which is added, the relation of the fam'd disturbance by the drummer, in the house of Mr. John Mompesson, with some reflections on drollery and atheisme",” Enlightenmens, accessed September 29, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/1001.

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