Sunday, August 05, 2007

Dendle Responds on Demonic Possession in Anglo-Saxon England

Peter Dendle has commented in this earlier post on Anglo-Saxon demons. As regular Wordhoarders will recall, many of us objected to his research as it was presented in National Geographic. He was good enough to clarify some of the points people objected to.

I'm sure there's a way to move that post to the top, but I can't figure it out, so here it is in link form.


  1. A halfway competent reviewer could have forestalled some of the problems people had with the thesis simply by defining what Dendle meant my demonic possession, but I want to stress the importance of raising these sorts of objections and asking these sorts of questions BEFORE reading a book in full. No one approaches a book as a tabula rasa. Good readers set out to define their preconceptions and their potential objections before reading rather than simply letting their subconscious do the work for them, and writers should be pleased to know up front what potential obstacles they are facing as they work to convince their readers of their own point of view.

  2. That's BY demonic possession