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Beyond the witch trials: witchcraft and magic in Enlightenment Europe -Owen Davies, Willem de Blécourt

Beyond the witch trials: witchcraft and magic in Enlightenment Europe -Owen Davies, Willem de Blécourt

Beyond the Witch Trials is an important volume on the nature of witchcraft and magic in European society during the Enlightenment. This innovative book provides the reader with a challenging variety of approaches and sources of information, as well as advancing the study of witchcraft into the eighteenth century. The essays cover England, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Scotland, Finland and Sweden, and examine the experience of and attitudes towards witchcraft in those countries. The ...
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Demonolatry - Nicholas Remy

Demonolatry – Nicholas Remy

An important late sixteenth century text on witchcraft "drawn from the capital trials of 900 persons, more or less, who within the last fifteen years have in Lorraine paid the penalty of death for the crime of witchcraft" by Nicholas Remy, 'Privy Councillor to the Most Serene Duke of Lorraine, and Public Advocate to his Duchy.' Along with the better-known Malleus Maleficarum one of the core works on witch hunting. This edition formed Volume IV ...
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Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft - Paul Boyer & Stephen Nissenbaum

Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft – Paul Boyer & Stephen Nissenbaum

Tormented girls writhing in agony, stern judges meting out harsh verdicts, nineteen bodies swinging on Gallows Hill. The stark immediacy of what happened in 1692 has obscured the complex web of human passion, individual and organized, which had been growing for more than a generation before the witch trials. Salem Possessed explores the lives of the men and women who helped spin that web and who in the end found themselves entangled in it. From ...
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The Hammer of Witches: A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum - Christopher S. Mackay

The Hammer of Witches: A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum – Christopher S. Mackay

The Malleus Maleficarum, first published in 1486-7, is the standard medieval text on witchcraft and it remained in print throughout the early modern period. Its descriptions of the evil acts of witches and the ways to exterminate them continue to contribute to our knowledge of early modern law, religion and society. Mackay's highly acclaimed translation, based on his extensive research and detailed analysis of the Latin text, is the only complete English version available, and ...
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The Path of the Devil: Early Modern Witch Hunts - Gary Jensen

The Path of the Devil: Early Modern Witch Hunts – Gary Jensen

The Path of the Devil is organized around three fundamental theories: witch hunts as functional sacrificial ceremonies, realistic conflict and strategic persecution, and scapegoat phenomena. All conjectures point to the role of epidemic disease, war, and climactic and economic hardships as considerable factors. However, such crises have to be differentiated: when war is measured as a quantitative characteristic it is found to inhibit witch hunts, while epidemic disease and economic hardship encourages them. The book ...
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Witch Hunts in Europe and America: An Encyclopedia - William E. Burns

Witch Hunts in Europe and America: An Encyclopedia – William E. Burns

From the wicked witch of childrens stories to Halloween and present-day Wiccan groups, witches and witchcraft still fascinate observers of Western culture. Witches were believed to affect climatological catastrophes, put spells on their neighbours and cavort with the devil. In early modern Europe and the Americas, witches and witch-hunting were an integral part of everyday life, touching major events such as the Reformation and the Scientific Revolution, as well as politics, law, medicine and culture ...
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Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials -  Brian A. Pavlac

Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials – Brian A. Pavlac

This in-depth and comprehensive resource explores the intersection of religion, politics, and the supernatural that spawned the notorious witch hunts in Europe and the New World. Witch Hunts in the Western World traces the evolution of Western attitudes toward magic, demons, and religious nonconformity from the Roman Empire through the Age of Enlightenment, placing these chilling events into a wider social and historical context. Brian A. Pavlac discusses witch hunts in fascinating detail by region, ...
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