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Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe : Studies in Culture and Belief - Jonathan Barry

Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

Studies in Culture and Belief

By: Jonathan Barry (Editor), Marianne Hester (Editor), Gareth Roberts (Editor), Lyndal Roper (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th May 1998
ISBN: 9780521638753
Number Of Pages: 388

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This important collection of essays brings together both established figures and new researchers to offer fresh perspectives on the ever controversial subject of the history of witchcraft. Using Keith Thomas's Religion and the Decline of Magic as a starting point, the contributors explore the changes of the last twenty-five years in the understanding of early modern witchcraft, and suggest new approaches, especially concerning the cultural dimensions of the subject. Witchcraft cases must be understood as power struggles, over gender and ideology as well as social relationships, with a crucial role played by alternative representations. Witchcraft was always a contested idea, never fully established in early modern culture but much harder to dislodge than has usually been assumed. The essays are European in scope, with examples from Germany, France and the Spanish expansion into the New World, as well as a strong core of English material.

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"Essential reading on the history of European witchcraft." Richard M. Golden, Religious Studies Review

Introduction: Keith Thomas and the problem of witchcraft: explanations and representations of witchcraft since Religion and the Decline of Magic
The Crime and its History
'Many reasons why': Witchcraft and the problem of multiple explanation
'Witchcraft Studies' in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
State-building and witch-hunting in early modern Europe
Witchcraft and Religion
The Devil in the Old World and the New
'Saints or sorcerers': Quakerism, demonology and the decline of witchcraft in seventeenth-century England
The Making of a Witch
The descendants of Circe: witches and Renaissance fictions
Witchcraft and fantasy in early modern Germany
The Devil in East Anglia: the Matthew Hopkins trials reconsidered
Witchcraft and the Social Environment
Witchcraft in early modern Kent: stereotypes and the background to accusations
Patriarchal reconstuction and witch-hunting Marianne Hester
Witchcraft repealed
On the continuation of witchcraft
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ISBN: 9780521638753
ISBN-10: 0521638755
Series: Past and Present Publications
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 11th May 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.78 x 15.24  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.49