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Witchcraft Continued - Willem de Blecourt

Witchcraft Continued

By: Willem de Blecourt (Editor), Owen Davies (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780719066580
Number Of Pages: 232

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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.

Industry Reviews

"'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"

Introduction: Witchcraft continued
A case of witchcraft assault in early nineteenth-century England as ostensive action
Witchcraft, witch doctors and the fight against 'superstition' in nineteenth-century Germany
The witch and the detective: Mid-Victorian stories and beliefs
Narrative and the social dynamics of magical harm in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Finland
Boiling chickens and burning cats: Witchcraft in the western Netherlands 1850-1925
Witchcraft accusations in France 1850-1990
Magical healing in Spain (1875-1936): Medical pluralism in the search for hegemony
Witchcraft, healing and vernacular magic in Italy
Curse, maleficium, divination: Witchcraft on the borderline of religion and magic
Spooks and Spooks: Black magic and bogeymen in Northern Ireland 1973-74
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ISBN: 9780719066580
ISBN-10: 0719066581
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.49