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Taverns, Bathhouses, Brothels

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Author(s): Gerd Schwerhoff
Whatever guests in Italy wanted, comments the chronicler Thietmar of Merseburg for the year 1014, they had to pay for. Geographically, chronologically, and above all typologically, this observation ma…
Date: 2016-08-09

Festivals

(1,222 words)

Author(s): Gerd Schwerhoff
The church calendar was fundamental to the structure of the annual cycle of medieval festivals (→liturgy and pastoral care). The dates of many major Christian festivals were of pagan origin. Celebrati…
Date: 2016-08-09

Magic, Sorcery, Witchcraft

(2,230 words)

Author(s): Gerd Schwerhoff
The classics of ethnology and sociology (J.G. Frazer, E.B. Tylor, E. Durkheim, B. Malinowski) understood by "magic" a principle of thought and action that could be clearly distinguished both from scie…
Date: 2016-08-09