Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
In the Company of DemonsUnnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Armando Maggi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226501307

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226501291.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use (for details see http://www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 16 July 2018

What Does Human Mean?: Beings against Nature in Ludovico Maria Sinistrari's Demoniality

What Does Human Mean?: Beings against Nature in Ludovico Maria Sinistrari's Demoniality

(p.139) Chapter Four What Does Human Mean?: Beings against Nature in Ludovico Maria Sinistrari's Demoniality
In the Company of Demons
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the work De daemonialitate by the seventeenth-century Franciscan Ludovico Maria Sinistrari. This treatise on demonology, whose manuscript was discovered in London in 1872, saw its first printed edition in 1875. In De daemonialitate, the Franciscan Sinistrari questions the canonical definition of angelic being. A fundamental tenet of Christian angelology is the belief that angels lack any possible form of physical desire. However, Sinistrari refers to infinite accounts whose goal is not the sanction of a demonic pact but rather the fulfillment of a carnal, humanlike drive. Sinistrari calls this spirit incubus, and as innumerable stories confirm, the offspring of an incubus and a human is a hybrid, a being against nature. Sinistrari argues that an incubus's body is neither totally metaphorical like a devil's nor totally carnal like humans. Incubi are in-between beings, a step down from the angels and a step up from human beings.

Keywords:   De daemonialitate, Ludovico Maria Sinistrari, angelic being, Christian angelology, incubus

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.