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Witchcraft Reader, The
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WITCHCRAFT READER, THE

PAPERBACK BY OLDRIDGE, DARREN

£31.99

ISBN
9780415415651
IMPRINT
ROUTLEDGE
 
 
EDITION
2ND REVISED EDITION
PUBLISHER
TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
424 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
01 APR 2008

DESCRIPTION

The Witchcraft Reader draws together the best historical writing on the subject, exploring the origins and consequences of the fear of witches. The Reader traces the development of witch beliefs in the late Middle Ages, the social and political dynamics of witch-hunts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the continuing relevance of the subject today. This second edition has been extensively revised and updated to include important new research in the field. There are expanded sections on witchcraft in the Middle Ages and the role of gender in witch trials, as well as new work on demonic possession and the decline and survival of witch beliefs. The major themes and debates in the study of witchcraft are brought together in a general introduction, which places the extracts in a critical context and each extract has an introduction which contextualizes its author. The Witchcraft Reader offers a wide range of historical perspectives in a single, accessible volume aimed at anyone intrigued by this complex and fascinating subject.

CONTENTS

General Introduction 1. Medieval Origins 2. Witchcraft, Magic and Fear 3. The Idea of a Witch Cult 4. Witchcraft and the Reformation 5. Witchcraft and Authority 6. Witchcraft, Possession and the Devil 7. Witchcraft and Gender 8. Reading Confessions 9. The Decline of Witchcraft 10. Witchcraft Today