New PDF release: A Mad People’s History of Madness

By Dale Peterson

ISBN-10: 0822934442

ISBN-13: 9780822934448

A guy desperately attempts to maintain his pact with the satan, a girl is imprisoned in an insane asylum by way of her husband due to spiritual changes, and, at the testimony of an insignificant stranger, “a London citizen” is sentenced to a personal madhouse. This anthology of writings by means of mad and allegedly mad humans is a entire review of the background of psychological affliction for the prior years-from the point of view of the sufferers themselves.

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During this time several people watched over me, who were also so horror-stricken that they became seriously ill and saw visions. On 13th January while sitting and actually painting my picture, the Foul Fiend came and sat on the table next to me; so I shouted to my sister that the Evil One was present. Then my sister came with holy-water and sprinkled it around the room, at which everything vanished from the table. 1714~ The Life of the Reverend Mr. George Trosse: Written by Himself, and Published Posthumously According to His Order in 1714 George Trosse was a Presbyterian minister in Exeter during England's century of religious strife.

And so the devil deluded her, dallying unto her with cursed thoughts, as Our Lord dallied to her before with holy thoughts. And, as she before had many glorious visions and high contemplation in the Manhood of Our Lord, in Our Lady and in many other holy saints, even right so had she now horrible sights and abominable, for aught she could do, of beholding men's members, and such other abominations. She saw, as she thought verily, divers men of religion, priests and many others, both heathen and Christian, coming before her sight, so that she might not eschew them or put them out of her sight, shewing their bare members unto her.

Throughout the whole afternoon and the whole night until the next morning they went for me; one of them sat on my tongue, so I took my hand and tore out the evil spirit. During this time several people watched over me, who were also so horror-stricken that they became seriously ill and saw visions. On 13th January while sitting and actually painting my picture, the Foul Fiend came and sat on the table next to me; so I shouted to my sister that the Evil One was present. Then my sister came with holy-water and sprinkled it around the room, at which everything vanished from the table.

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