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Witchcraft and Magic in Sixteenth- And Seventeenth-Century Europe : Studies in European History (Paperback) - Geoffrey Scarre

Witchcraft and Magic in Sixteenth- And Seventeenth-Century Europe

Studies in European History (Paperback)

By: Geoffrey Scarre, John Callow (Revised by)

Paperback Published: 29th June 2001
ISBN: 9780333920824
Number Of Pages: 90

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The figure of the witch still has the ability to exert a powerful fascination on the modern mind. The vision of the elderly crone begging for charity at the crossroads, an object of fear and revulsion for her local community, has combined with the memory of prolonged judicial persecution and oppression to inspire contemporary movements as far removed from each other as Wiccans and women's liberation. In tackling such an emotive issue, where misogyny and violence combine with superstition and the basest of human instincts, Scarre and Callow chart a clear and refreshingly level-headed approach to the subject. Distinguishing between fact and fiction, they set the witch trials firnly back within the context of their own times and, without seeking to exonerate those responsible, demonstrate how it was possible for judiciaries and social elites to believe wholeheartedly in the reality and efficacy of witchcraft as a valid system of belief and as a dangerous threat to the fabric of society in which they lived.

This new edition has been comprehensively updated to take account of the vast expansion in interest and scholarly research that has taken place in the field since the publication of the first edition. This work provides a provocative thesis for those seeking to understand the basis for the politics of persecution and a firm interpretative basis around which further exploratory research may be conducted.

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Notes on References
List of Tables
Editor's Preface
Witchcraft and Magicp. 1
Witchcraft and Sorceryp. 4
Low Magic and High Magicp. 7
Witchcraft, Magic and the Lawp. 11
Development of the Learned Stereotype of the Witchp. 11
Witch Prosecution: Regional Surveyp. 21
Witch Prosecution: The Victimsp. 29
The Dynamics of Witch Prosecutionp. 37
The Explanatory Taskp. 37
Some Explanations of Witch Prosecutionp. 41
The Genuineness of Beliefp. 53
Women as Witchesp. 57
Why Did Witch Trials Cease?p. 63
Changing Beliefsp. 64
Conclusionp. 71
Select Bibliographyp. 75
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ISBN: 9780333920824
ISBN-10: 0333920821
Series: Studies in European History (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 90
Published: 29th June 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised