Glanvill, Joseph (1636–1680)
Chaplain to Charles II, prebendary of Worcester, philosopher,
and one of the earliest fellows of the Royal Society. An orthodox
clergyman of the Anglican Church, Glanvill was a selfavowed
skeptic and enemy of dogma. He was the author of several
books, including Scepsis Scientifica (1665) and Sorcerers and
Sorcery (1666). He is best remembered as a precursor of modern
psychical researchers and the author of Sadicismus Triumphatus
(1681), which contains accounts of remarkable cases of
witchcraft and details of the author’s personal investigation
into the poltergeist known as the Drummer of Tedworth.
Sources
Glanvill, Joseph. Sadicismus Triumphatus. London Printed
for J. Collins and S. Lownds, 1681.
Redgrove, H. Stanley, and I. M. L. Redgrove. Joseph Glanvill
and Psychical Research in the Seventeenth Century. London William
Rider & Son, 1921.
Taylor, Sascha. Glanvill The Uses and Abuses of Skepticism.
New York Pergamon Press, 1981.