European Witch Trials

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ISBN: 0520029674
Release Date: 1976-01-01
Number of pages: 181
Author: Richard Kieckhefer
Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Beyond the Witch Trials

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ISBN: 0719066603
Release Date: 2004-11-27
Number of pages: 211
Author: Owen Davies
Publisher: Manchester University Press

Download and read online Beyond the Witch Trials in PDF and EPUB Beyond the witch trials provides an important collection of essays on the nature of witchcraft and magic in European society during the Enlightenment. The book is innovative not only because it pushes forward the study of witchcraft into the eighteenth century, but because it provides the reader with a challenging variety of different approaches and sources of information. The essays, which cover England, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Scotland, Finland and Sweden, examine the experience of and attitudes towards witchcraft from both above and below. While they demonstrate the continued widespread fear of witches amongst the masses, they also provide a corrective to the notion that intellectual society lost interest in the question of witchcraft. While witchcraft prosecutions were comparatively rare by the mid-eighteenth century, the intellectual debate did no disappear; it either became more private or refocused on such issues as possession. The contributors come from different academic disciplines, and by borrowing from literary theory, archaeology and folklore they move beyond the usual historical perspectives and sources. They emphasise the importance of studying such themes as the aftermath of witch trials, the continued role of cunning-folk in society, and the nature of the witchcraft discourse in different social contexts. This book will be essential reading for those interested in the decline of the European witch trials and the continued importance of witchcraft and magic during the Enlightenment. More generally it will appeal to those with a lively interest in the cultural history of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This is the first of a two-volume set of books looking at the phenomenon of witchcraft, magic and the occult in Europe since the seventeenth century.


Demons of Urban Reform

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ISBN: 9780230309043
Release Date: 2011-03-23
Number of pages: 235
Author: Laura Stokes
Publisher: Springer

Download and read online Demons of Urban Reform in PDF and EPUB A comparative analysis of early witch trials in Lucerne, Nuremberg and Basel, within the context of criminal justice and social control. The case of Lucerne presents a fascinating interplay between witch trials and a transformation in the city's criminal procedure on one hand, and between witchcraft fears and social control on the other.


Witchcraft and Magic in Europe Volume 4

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ISBN: 9780485890044
Release Date: 2002
Number of pages: 193
Author: Stuart Clark
Publisher: A&C Black

Download and read online Witchcraft and Magic in Europe Volume 4 in PDF and EPUB The fifteenth to eighteenth centuries was a period of witchcraft prosecutions throughout Europe and modern scholars have now devoted a huge amount of research to these episodes. This volume will attempt to bring this work together by summarising the history of the trials in a new way - according to the types of legal systems involved. Other topics covered will be the continued practical use made of magic, the elaboration of demonological theories about witchcraft and magic, and the further development of scientific interests in natural magic through the 'Neoplatonic' and 'Hermetic' period.Amongst the topics included here are Superstition and Belief in high and popular culture, the place of Medicine, Witchcraft survivals in art and literature, and the survival of Persecution.>


The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

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ISBN: 9780199578160
Release Date: 2013-03-28
Number of pages: 630
Author: Brian P. Levack
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Download and read online The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America in PDF and EPUB A collection of essays from leading scholars in the field that collectively study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas.


Witchcraze

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ISBN: IND:30000036707838
Release Date: 1994
Number of pages: 255
Author: Anne Llewellyn Barstow
Publisher: Harpercollins

Download and read online Witchcraze in PDF and EPUB Argues that the witch hunts of the past were essentially a pogrom against women, in which independent women were blamed for the problems of the times


The Witch Hunt in Early Modern Europe

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ISBN: 9781317875604
Release Date: 2013-11-05
Number of pages: 360
Author: Brian P. Levack
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online The Witch Hunt in Early Modern Europe in PDF and EPUB Between 1450 and 1750 thousands of people – most of them women – were accused, prosecuted and executed for the crime of witchcraft. The witch-hunt was not a single event; it comprised thousands of individual prosecutions, each shaped by the religious and social dimensions of the particular area as well as political and legal factors. Brian Levack sorts through the proliferation of theories to provide a coherent introduction to the subject, as well as contributing to the scholarly debate. The book: Examines why witchcraft prosecutions took place, how many trials and victims there were, and why witch-hunting eventually came to an end. Explores the beliefs of both educated and illiterate people regarding witchcraft. Uses regional and local studies to give a more detailed analysis of the chronological and geographical distribution of witch-trials. Emphasises the legal context of witchcraft prosecutions. Illuminates the social, economic and political history of early modern Europe, and in particular the position of women within it. In this fully updated third edition of his exceptional study, Levack incorporates the vast amount of literature that has emerged since the last edition. He substantially extends his consideration of the decline of the witch-hunt and goes further in his exploration of witch-hunting after the trials, especially in contemporary Africa. New illustrations vividly depict beliefs about witchcraft in early modern Europe.


Witch Hunts in Europe and America

Filename: witch-hunts-in-europe-and-america.pdf
ISBN: 0313321426
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Number of pages: 359
Author: William E. Burns
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

Download and read online Witch Hunts in Europe and America in PDF and EPUB Covering witch hunts from Germany to New England, this concise encyclopedia is a fascinating reference on the hunt to find and persecute those who practiced witchcraft.


Witchcraft and Magic in Europe Volume 4

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ISBN: 9780485891041
Release Date: 2002
Number of pages: 193
Author: William Monter
Publisher: A&C Black

Download and read online Witchcraft and Magic in Europe Volume 4 in PDF and EPUB The fifteenth to eighteenth centuries was a period of witchcraft prosecutions throughout Europe and modern scholars have now devoted a huge amount of research to these episodes. This volume will attempt to bring this work together by summarising the history of the trials in a new way - according to the types of legal systems involved. Other topics covered will be the continued practical use made of magic, the elaboration of demonological theories about witchcraft and magic, and the further development of scientific interests in natural magic through the 'Neoplatonic' and 'Hermetic' period.Amongst the topics included here are Superstition and Belief in high and popular culture, the place of Medicine, Witchcraft survivals in art and literature, and the survival of Persecution.>


Witchcraft and Magic in Europe Volume 5

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ISBN: 0812217063
Release Date: 1999-10-14
Number of pages: 340
Author: Bengt Ankarloo
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

Download and read online Witchcraft and Magic in Europe Volume 5 in PDF and EPUB The roots of European witchcraft and magic lie in Hebrew and other ancient Near Eastern cultures and in the Celtic, Nordic, and Germanic traditions of the Continent. For two millennia, European folklore and ritual have been imbued with the belief in the supernatural, yielding a rich trove of histories and images. A series that combines traditional approaches of political, legal, and social historians with critical syntheses of cultural anthropology, historical psychology, and gender studies, Witchcraft and Magic in Europe provides a modern, scholarly survey of the supernatural beliefs of Europeans from ancient times to the present day. Each of the six volumes in the series contains the work of distinguished scholars chosen for their expertise in a particular era or region. The eighteenth century saw the end of witch trials everywhere. The authors chart the process of and reasons for the decriminalization of witchcraft, but also challenge the widespread assumption that Europe then became "disenchanted." Here for the first time are surveys of the social role of witchcraft in European communities, as well as a full treatment of Victorian supernaturalism and of the continued importance of witchcraft and magic as topics of debate among intellectuals and other writers. Other volumes in the series Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome The Twentieth Century Biblical and Pagan Societies The Middle Ages The Period of the Witch Trials


Cautio Criminalis Or A Book on Witch Trials

Filename: cautio-criminalis-or-a-book-on-witch-trials.pdf
ISBN: 0813921821
Release Date: 2003
Number of pages: 233
Author: Friedrich von Spee
Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Download and read online Cautio Criminalis Or A Book on Witch Trials in PDF and EPUB In 1631, at the epicenter of the worst excesses of the European witch-hunts, Friedrich Spee, a Jesuit priest, published the Cautio Criminalis, a book speaking out against the trials that were sending thousands of innocent people to gruesome deaths. Spee, who had himself ministered to women accused of witchcraft in Germany, had witnessed firsthand the twisted logic and brutal torture used by judges and inquisitors. Combined, these harsh prosecutorial measures led inevitably not only to a confession but to denunciations of supposed accomplices, spreading the circle of torture and execution ever wider. Driven by his priestly charge of enacting Christian charity, or love, Spee sought to expose the flawed arguments and methods used by the witch-hunters. His logic is relentless as he reveals the contradictions inherent in their arguments, showing there is no way for an innocent person to prove her innocence. And, he questions, if the condemned witches truly are guilty, how could the testimony of these servants and allies of Satan be reliable? Spee’s insistence that suspects, no matter how heinous the crimes of which they are accused, possess certain inalienable rights is a timeless reminder for the present day. The Cautio Criminalis is one of the most important and moving works in the history of witch trials and a revealing documentation of one man’s unexpected humanity in a brutal age. Marcus Hellyer’s accessible translation from the Latin makes it available to English-speaking audiences for the first time. Studies in Early Modern German History


The Malleus Maleficarum

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ISBN: 9781602063846
Release Date: 2007-04-01
Number of pages: 292
Author: Heinrich Kramer
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

Download and read online The Malleus Maleficarum in PDF and EPUB "A handbook for hunting and punishing witches to assist the Inquisition and Church in exterminating undesirables. Mostly a compilation of superstition and folklore, the book was taken very seriously at the time it was written in the 15th century and became a kind of spiritual law book used by judges to determine the guilt of the accused"--From publisher description.


The European Witch Hunt

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ISBN: 9781317198314
Release Date: 2016-05-12
Number of pages: 452
Author: Julian Goodare
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online The European Witch Hunt in PDF and EPUB The European Witch-Hunt seeks to explain why thousands of people, mostly lower-class women, were deliberately tortured and killed in the name of religion and morality during three centuries of intermittent witch-hunting throughout Europe and North America. Combining perspectives from history, sociology, psychology and other disciplines, this book provides a comprehensive account of witch-hunting in early modern Europe. Julian Goodare sets out an original interpretation of witch-hunting as an episode of ideologically-driven persecution by the ‘godly state’ in the era of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Full weight is also given to the context of village social relationships, and there is a detailed analysis of gender issues. Witch-hunting was a legal operation, and the courts’ rationale for interrogation under torture is explained. Panicking local elites, rather than central governments, were at the forefront of witch-hunting. Further chapters explore folk beliefs about legendary witches, and intellectuals’ beliefs about a secret conspiracy of witches in league with the Devil. Witch-hunting eventually declined when the ideological pressure to combat the Devil’s allies slackened. A final chapter sets witch-hunting in the context of other episodes of modern persecution. This book is the ideal resource for students exploring the history of witch-hunting. Its level of detail and use of social theory also make it important for scholars and researchers.


Witchcraft and Magic in Europe Volume 4

Filename: witchcraft-and-magic-in-europe-volume-4.pdf
ISBN: 9781441127433
Release Date: 2002-08-01
Number of pages: 288
Author: Bengt Ankerloo
Publisher: A&C Black

Download and read online Witchcraft and Magic in Europe Volume 4 in PDF and EPUB The fifteenth to eighteenth centuries was a period of witchcraft prosecutions throughout Europe and modern scholars have now devoted a huge amount of research to these episodes. This volume will attempt to bring this work together by summarising the history of the trials in a new way - according to the types of legal systems involved. Other topics covered will be the continued practical use made of magic, the elaboration of demonological theories about witchcraft and magic, and the further development of scientific interests in natural magic through the Neoplatonic and Hermetic period.Amongst the topics included here are Superstition and Belief in high and popular culture, the place of Medicine, Witchcraft survivals in art and literature, and the survival of Persecution.


The Trial of Tempel Anneke

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ISBN: 9781442634893
Release Date: 2017-01-16
Number of pages: 240
Author: Peter A. Morton
Publisher: University of Toronto Press

Download and read online The Trial of Tempel Anneke in PDF and EPUB The Trial of Tempel Anneke examines documents from an early modern European witchcraft trial with the pedagogical goal of allowing students to interact directly with primary sources. A brief historiographical essay has been added, along with eleven civic records, including regulations about sorcery, Tempel Anneke's marital agreement, and court salaries, which provide an even clearer picture of life in seventeenth-century Europe. Maps of Harxbüttel and the Holy Roman Empire and lists of key players enable easy reference.