Biography

Associate Professor


BA (Carleton); MA, PhD (Toronto)


Richard Raiswell teaches courses in the areas of medieval and early modern Europe, specializing in pre-modern intellectual history, including the devil and witchcraft, and Europe’s relations with Asia and Africa.


His research interests include European perceptions of India in the early modern period, the history of geography, and the history of the devil in the western tradition. Recent publications include: Evidence in the Age of the New Sciences (2018) with James Lancaster; Knowing Demons, Knowing Spirits (2018), with Michelle Brock and David Winter; The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe (2013) with Peter Dendle; “Writing Demon Possession: The Case of the Witches of Warboys” Preternature (2021); “Evidence before Science,” (2018) with James Lancaster; and “Edward Terry and the Calvinist Geography of India,” Études anglaises: Revue du monde anglophone (2017).


He is currently editing a collection of primary sources about the devil in the Middle Ages. He is co-editor of The Routledge History of the Devil scheduled for publication in 2023.

Recent Publications

Edward Terry and the demons of India

Knowing demons, knowing spirits in the early modern period, 2018

Evidence before science

Evidence in the Age of the New Sciences, 2018

Evidence in the age of the new sciences

Springer, Cham, 2018

[Review of the book Hazards of the Dark Arts: Advice for Medieval Princes on Witchcraft and Magic, trans. ed. by Richard Kieckhefer]

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 2018

Edward Terry and the Calvinist Geography of India

Études Anglaises, 2017

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