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Witch Hunts in the Western World : Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials - Brian Alexander Pavlac

Witch Hunts in the Western World

Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials

Paperback Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9780803232907
Number Of Pages: 272

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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, highlighting the cultural differences of the people who incited them as well as the key reforms, social upheavals, and intellectual debates that shaped European thought. Vivid accounts of trials and excerpts from the writings of both witch hunters and defenders throughout the Holy Roman Empire, France, the British Isles and colonies, Southern Europe, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe bring to life one of the most intriguing and shocking issues in Western history. Accessible narrative chapters make this a fascinating volume for general readers while offering a wealth of historical information for students and scholars. Features include a complete glossary of terms, a timeline of major events, recommended reading selections, an index, and illustrations.

Acknowledgements
Chronology
An Introduction to Witch-Hunting
Medieval Origins of the Witch Hunts
Witch-Hunting in the Holy Roman Empire
The Witch Hunts in France
Witch-Hunting in the British Realms
Witch-Hunting in Southern Europe
Witch-Hunting in Northern and Eastern Europe
Beyond the Witch Hunts
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780803232907
ISBN-10: 080323290X
Series: Extraordinary World
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.38