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Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England - Alan MacFarlane

Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England

Paperback Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780415196123
Number Of Pages: 380

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This is a classic regional and comparative study of early modern witchcraft. The history of witchcraft continues to attract attention with its emotive and contentious debates. The methodology and conclusions of this book have impacted not only on witchcraft studies but the entire approach to social and cultural history with its quantitative and anthropological approach. The book provides an important case study on Essex as well as drawing comparisons with other regions of early modern England.
The second edition of this classic work adds a new historiographical introduction, placing the book in context today.

Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. xi
Prefacep. xxvii
Abbreviations and Conventionsp. xxxi
Sources and Statisticsp. 1
Problems and Sources in the Study of Witchcraftp. 3
The Legal Background to Witchcraft Prosecutions at the Secular Courtsp. 14
The Intensity of Witchcraft Prosecutions: Evidence from Assize and Quarter Sessions Recordsp. 23
Witchcraft Accusations in Other Legal Courtsp. 66
Literary Sources for the Study of Witchcraftp. 81
The Background to Witchcraft Prosecutions in Three Essex Villages, 1560-99p. 94
Countering Witchcraftp. 101
Informal Counter-Action against Witchcraftp. 103
Cunning Folk and Witchcraft Prosecutionsp. 115
The Witch-Finding Movement of 1645 in Essexp. 135
Witchcraft and the Social Backgroundp. 145
Witchcraft Prosecution and Economic Problemsp. 147
Witchcraft Prosecutions and Social Phenomena (1): Personality, Sex, Age, and Marriagep. 158
Notesp. 165
Witchcraft Prosecutions and Social Phenomena (2): Kin and Neighboursp. 168
Witchcraft Prosecutions and Illnessp. 178
Witchcraft Prosecutions and Religionp. 186
Witchcraft Beliefs as an Explanation of Suffering and a Means of Resolving Conflictp. 192
Reasons for the Rise and Decline of Witchcraft Prosecutionsp. 200
A Comparative Framework: Anthropological Studiesp. 209
The Anthropological Approach to the Study of Witchcraft (1): Beliefs and Counter-Actionsp. 211
The Anthropological Approach to the Study of Witchcraft (2): The Sociology of Accusationsp. 226
Some Anthropological Interpretations of Witchcraftp. 240
p. 254
p. 310
Bibliographyp. 313
Place Index of Essex Witchcraft Referencesp. 325
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780415196123
ISBN-10: 0415196124
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition