The Tragic Martyrdom of Saint Ham and Saint Sausage

By Elise Watson | 1 April 2020 In honour of this auspicious day, the USTC is proud to announce a new and exciting discovery. Using heretofore unseen eyewitness records, we have learned that in 1521, Pope Leo X solemnly canonised holy two martyrs to be added to the pantheon of saints: Saint Jambon (Saint Ham) […]

Interview with a Demon: Exorcism and Sensational Pamphlets in Loudun

By Elise Watson | Happy Halloween! Our spooky subject this week is the controversial affair of demonic possession in an Ursuline convent in Loudun, France, which circulated throughout the 1630s in popular pamphlets. Demonic possession was a common fear in the early modern period, and women and members of religious orders were seen as particularly […]

Le sac de Lyon par les réformés calvinistes

Pamphleteering by Hand

By Panagiotis Georgakakis | The Bibliothèque de Rennes Métropole, one of our PWRB partners, is the home of a significant number of rare printed materials published during the sixteenth century. Yet, unexpectedly for this blog, today we will not be analysing a printed item in their collection. Rather, we will focus on a manuscript about […]