Medicine and Religion in Early Dominican Demonology

Ayelet Even-Ezra*

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The article explores the theories of Roland of Cremona op (1259), the first Dominican master of theology in Paris and a practising physician, regarding demonic influence on body and soul. Roland uses contemporary neurological theories of voluntary motion and cognition to explain how precisely demons might move the bodily members of possessed subjects, induce seductive images and implant scientific knowledge. The complex interaction of fields of knowledge demonstrated in his unique theories sheds light on the intellectual climate of the early thirteenth century in general, and of the early Parisian Dominican school in particular.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)728-745
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Ecclesiastical History
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018

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