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Lucifer: The Devil in the Middle Ages

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Describes the medieval concept of the devil, discusses witchcraft and devil folklore, and examines the depiction of evil in art and literature of the period.
Paperback, 356 pages
Published August 8th 1986 by Cornell University Press (first published December 1st 1984)
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Joseph F.
Russell's third book concerning the continual development of the Devil concept. Here the author leaves behind antiquity and moves into the middle ages. Starting around 500AD, and ending with the eve of the Reformation, he examines Lucifer in light of Islam, folklore, legend, theatre, literature and of course, the twisting, turning, brain-frying pathways of theology, philosophy and theodicy. Another fascinating volume.
An interesting survey of it's topic, but a bit too dry. Also, it it gets really tedious when Russell begins listing examples of artwork that do not appear in the book. It's difficult to digest any his points when I literally have no idea what he's describing.
Great history of the idea of "the devil" in various medieval theologies and folklore. Briefly covers Islam and Eastern Orthodoxy.
Richard Anderson
Somewhat repetitious, but complete (with its three other volumes).
Great book of satan.
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Jeffrey Burton Russell is Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Besides UCSB, he has taught History and Religious Studies at Berkeley, Riverside, Harvard, New Mexico, and Notre Dame. He has published seventeen books and many articles, most of them in his special field, history of theology. He is most noted for his five-volume history of the concept of the ...more
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