Witchcraft continued provides an important collection of essays on the nature and understanding of witchcraft in European society over the last two centuries. It innovatively brings together the interests of historians with the fieldwork of anthropologists and sociologists on the continued relevance of witch beliefs. The book covers England, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Finland, Transylvania and Northern Ireland. It examines the experience of and attitudes towards witchcraft, demonstrating the widespread fear of witches amongst the masses during the nineteenth century, and the more restricted relevance of witchcraft in the twentieth century, along with the rise of the folklore movement. While the educated classes generally denounced witch-believers as either superstitious, foolish or both, secular and religious authorities still had to find strategies of dealing with the demands of those who believed themselves the victims of witchcraft. This book will be essential reading for those interested in the continued importance of witchcraft and magic in the modern era.
"'Like its companion, Beyond the Witch Trials, this is an outstanding collection of essays on witchcraft after the end of the trials. The scholarship and writing of the essays meet the highest standards, and with contributions from historians, folklorists, anthropologists, sociologists and literary scholars, the collection demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of current witchcraft scholarship.' Professor Brian P. Levack, University of Texas at Austin"