Ivanic, Supernatural Matter: Enchantment and the Everyday in Early Modern Prague

19 Nov 2018, 17:15 to 19 Nov 2018, 19:15
IHR Past and Present Room, N202, Second Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Susannah Ivanic, Kent
To the majority of early modern men and women, stark divisions between religion, magic and superstition were largely absent from daily life. Rather, a panoply of strategies were used to engage the divine in the everyday. In Prague, amuletic material – gemstones, animal teeth, and coin charms – was more prevalent amongst people’s possessions than crucifixes, rosaries, and bibles. With a material methodology, I contend that use of supernatural matter formed the basis of lived religion for both Protestants and Catholics in this period.