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A History Of Magic And Witchcraft : Sabbats, Satan And Superstitions In The West - Frances Timbers

A History Of Magic And Witchcraft : Sabbats, Satan And Superstitions In The West – Frances Timbers

The author of Magic and Masculinity explores the history and development of magic and witchcraft in Western society. Broomsticks, cauldrons, familiars, and spells—magic and witchcraft conjure a vivid picture in our modern-day imagination. While much of our understanding is rooted in superstition and myth, the history of magic and witchcraft offers a window into the past. It illuminates the lives of ordinary people in the past and elucidates the fascinating pop culture of the premodern ...
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Battling Demons Witchcraft, Heresy, and Reform in the Late Middle Ages - Michael D. Bailey

Battling Demons : Witchcraft, Heresy, and Reform in the Late Middle Ages – Michael D. Bailey

The fifteenth century is more than any other the century of the persecution of witches. So wrote Johan Huizinga more than eighty years ago in his classic Autumn of the Middle Ages. Although Huizinga was correct in his observation, modern readers have tended to focus on the more spectacular witch-hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Nevertheless, it was during the late Middle Ages that the full stereotype of demonic witchcraft developed in Europe, and ...
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Witchcraft in the Middle Ages - Jeffrey Burton Russell

Witchcraft in the Middle Ages – Jeffrey Burton Russell

All the known theories and incidents of witchcraft in Western Europe from the fifth to the fifteenth century are brilliantly set forth in this engaging and comprehensive history. Building on a foundation of newly discovered primary sources and recent secondary interpretations, Jeffrey Burton Russell first establishes the facts and then explains the phenomenon of witchcraft in terms of its social and religious environment, particularly in relation to medieval heresies. Russell treats European witchcraft as a ...
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Hutton, Ronald

Ronald Hutton (1954– ) Professor of history at Bristol University in England and an authority on the history of Paganism and Witchcraft in Britain. Ronald…