August 30, 2013 – “The Devil Within” with Brian Levack

On this show we talk with Brian Levack, the John E. Green Regents Professor in History at the University of Texas, Austin. His recent book is The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West. From Amazon: “In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation, thousands of Europeans were thought to be possessed by demons. In response to their horrifying symptoms—violent convulsions, displays of preternatural strength, vomiting of foreign objects, displaying contempt for sacred objects, and others—exorcists were summoned to expel the evil spirits from victims’ bodies. This compelling book focuses on possession and exorcism in the Reformation period, but also reaches back to the fifteenth century and forward to our own times.”