Early Modern Witches

Early Modern Witches

It combines the original spelling editions of popular texts with scholarly annotation and will prove an essential resource to withcraft scholars.

Author: Marion Gibson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134607648

Category: History

Page: 352

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This collection of pamphlets describes fifteen English witchcraft cases in detail, vividly recreating events to give the reader the illusion of actually being present at witchcraft accusations, trials and hangings. But how much are we victims of literary manipulation by these texts? The pamphlets are presented in annotated format, to allow the reader to decide. Some of the texts appear in print for the first time in three centuries, whilst others are newly edited to give a clearer picture of sources.
Categories: History

The Witch in History

The Witch in History

'Diane Purkiss ... insists on taking witches seriously.

Author: Diane Purkiss

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134882397

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 179

'Diane Purkiss ... insists on taking witches seriously. Her refusal to write witch-believers off as unenlightened has produced some richly intelligent meditations on their -- and our -- world.' - The Observer 'An invigorating and challenging book ... sets many hares running.' - The Times Higher Education Supplement
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Witch Hunt in Early Modern Europe

The Witch Hunt in Early Modern Europe

The book: Examines why witchcraft prosecutions took place, how many trials and victims there were, and why witch-hunting eventually came to an end. Explores the beliefs of both educated and illiterate people regarding witchcraft.

Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317875604

Category: History

Page: 360

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Between 1450 and 1750 thousands of people – most of them women – were accused, prosecuted and executed for the crime of witchcraft. The witch-hunt was not a single event; it comprised thousands of individual prosecutions, each shaped by the religious and social dimensions of the particular area as well as political and legal factors. Brian Levack sorts through the proliferation of theories to provide a coherent introduction to the subject, as well as contributing to the scholarly debate. The book: Examines why witchcraft prosecutions took place, how many trials and victims there were, and why witch-hunting eventually came to an end. Explores the beliefs of both educated and illiterate people regarding witchcraft. Uses regional and local studies to give a more detailed analysis of the chronological and geographical distribution of witch-trials. Emphasises the legal context of witchcraft prosecutions. Illuminates the social, economic and political history of early modern Europe, and in particular the position of women within it. In this fully updated third edition of his exceptional study, Levack incorporates the vast amount of literature that has emerged since the last edition. He substantially extends his consideration of the decline of the witch-hunt and goes further in his exploration of witch-hunting after the trials, especially in contemporary Africa. New illustrations vividly depict beliefs about witchcraft in early modern Europe.
Categories: History

Witchcraft in Early Modern England

Witchcraft in Early Modern England

With the renewed interest in the history of witches and witchcraft, this timely book provides an introduction to this fascinating topic, informed by the main trends of new thinking on the subject.

Author: James Sharpe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317881308

Category: History

Page: 184

View: 576

With the renewed interest in the history of witches and witchcraft, this timely book provides an introduction to this fascinating topic, informed by the main trends of new thinking on the subject. Beginning with a discussion of witchcraft in the early modern period, and charting the witch panics that took place at this time, the author goes on to look at the historical debate surrounding the causes of the legal persecution of witches. Contemporary views of witchcraft put forward by judges, theological writers and the medical profession are examined, as is the place of witchcraft in the popular imagination. Jim Sharpe also looks at the gender dimensions of the witch persecution, and the treatment of witchcraft in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. Supported by a range of compelling documents, the book concludes with an exploration of why witch panics declined in the late seventeenth century and early eighteenth century.
Categories: History

Witchcraft and Masculinities in Early Modern Europe

Witchcraft and Masculinities in Early Modern Europe

Men – as accused witches, witch-hunters, werewolves and the demonically possessed – are the focus of analysis in this collection of essays by leading scholars of early modern European witchcraft.

Author: A. Rowlands

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230248373

Category: History

Page: 257

View: 815

Men – as accused witches, witch-hunters, werewolves and the demonically possessed – are the focus of analysis in this collection of essays by leading scholars of early modern European witchcraft. The gendering of witch persecution and witchcraft belief is explored through original case-studies from England, Scotland, Italy, Germany and France.
Categories: History

Early Modern European Witchcraft

Early Modern European Witchcraft

This book shows how that approach has blurred our understanding and definition of the issues involved, and sheds new light on the history of witchcraft in England.

Author: Bengt Ankarloo

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015018466097

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 477

View: 538

The history of witchcraft and sorcery has attracted a great deal of interest and debate, but until now studies have been largely from the Anglo-Saxon perspective. This book shows how that approach has blurred our understanding and definition of the issues involved, and sheds new light on the history of witchcraft in England. What had thus far been seen as peculiar to England is here shown to be characteristic of much of northern Europe. Taking into account major new developments in the historiography of witchcraft--in methodology, and in the chronological and geographical scope of the studies--the authors explore the relationship between witchcraft, law, and theology; the origins and nature of the witch's sabbath; the sociology and criminology of witch-hunting; and the comparative approach to European witchcraft. An impressive amount of archival work by all of the contributors has produced an indispensable guide to the study of witchcraft, of interest not only to historians, but to anthropologists, criminologists, psychologists, and sociologists.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

A collection of essays from leading scholars in the field that collectively study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the ...

Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199578160

Category: History

Page: 630

View: 142

A collection of essays from leading scholars in the field that collectively study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas.
Categories: History

Male Witches in Early Modern Europe

Male Witches in Early Modern Europe

This book critiques historians’ assumptions about witch-hunting as well as their explanations for this complex and perplexing phenomenon.

Author: Lara Apps

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719057094

Category: History

Page: 190

View: 545

This book critiques historians’ assumptions about witch-hunting as well as their explanations for this complex and perplexing phenomenon. It shows that large numbers of men were accused of witchcraft in their own right, in some regions, more men were accused than women. The authors insist on the centrality of gender, tradition, and ideas about witches in the construction of the witch as a dangerous figure. They challenge the marginalization of male witches by feminist and other historians.
Categories: History

Witchcraft Gender and Society in Early Modern Germany

Witchcraft  Gender  and Society in Early Modern Germany

Witch-hunting in Eichstätt /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Two. The witches /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Three. Friends and enemies /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Four. Food and drink /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Five. Sex /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Six.

Author: Jonathan Bryan Durrant

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015069034729

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 888

Preliminary material /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter One. Witch-hunting in Eichstätt /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Two. The witches /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Three. Friends and enemies /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Four. Food and drink /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Five. Sex /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Six. Health /J.B. Durrant -- Chapter Seven. The abuse of authority /J.B. Durrant -- Conclusion /J.B. Durrant -- Appendix 1. The interrogatory of 1617 /J.B. Durrant -- Appendix 2. Occupations of suspected witches or their households /J.B. Durrant -- Bibliography /J.B. Durrant -- Index /J.B. Durrant.
Categories: History

The Witch hunt in Early Modern Europe

The Witch hunt in Early Modern Europe

This book first appeared in 1987. It focuses on the great age of witch-hunting in Europe (and also in colonial America), between 1450 and 1750.

Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: UOM:39015050081382

Category: History

Page: 297

View: 833

This book first appeared in 1987. It focuses on the great age of witch-hunting in Europe (and also in colonial America), between 1450 and 1750. In these years more than 100,000 people - most of them women - were prosecuted by secular and ecclesiastical courts across Europe for allegedly practising harmful magic and worshipping the Devil. The book sets out to answer the major questions that this strange and terrible phenomenon evokes today. Why did the trials take place? Why did they suddenly proliferate in Europe at this time? How many trials were there, and where, and what were the outcomes? Why were more witches prosecuted in some countries than others? Who were the accused and who were their accusers? Why, after more than 200 years of vigorous activity, did the trials eventually dwindle away? What did they tell us about the social, economic and political history of early modern Europe, and, in particular, the position of women within it? In this timely Second Edition, Brian Levack now incorporates the latest scholarship on the subject.
Categories: History

Witchcraft in Early Modern Germany

Witchcraft in Early Modern Germany

They are defined as something negative and pathological and it is obviously that witchcraft could easily emerged because of the traditional beliefs rooted in the early modern society of Germany.

Author: Anne Sophie Günzel

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638726733

Category:

Page: 64

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Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject History Europe - Other Countries - Middle Ages, Early Modern Age, grade: English Grade:58% von 70%, University of Nottingham (School of History), course: Hauptseminar: Gender and Society in Early Modern Europe, language: English, abstract: 'Witch- hunting is seen as something pathological, a disease infecting like a plague the body of the communities in witch it raged.'1 With these words the historian Bob Scribner described witchcraft and witch-hunts. They are defined as something negative and pathological and it is obviously that witchcraft could easily emerged because of the traditional beliefs rooted in the early modern society of Germany. Witchcraft and witchhunts emerged in this period and made the population susceptible to the carrying out of denunciation and elimination of innocent people. The population had been easily influenced by the authorities like magistrates and their fellow citizens. In the following discussion/passage, witchcraft and witch-hunts concerning the early modern Europe will be less prominent rather than the study about witchcraft and witchhunts in early modern Germany. In particular the main focus will stress on the south of Germany because it was the centre of witchcraft and witch-hunts. In addition to that some examples will be mentioned to show special witchcraft and witch- hunt cases. First it will be examined how the term 'witch' is defined shown in a historical, linguistic and an etymological way. Then the two authors of the Malleus maleficarum2 and their ideas about witches and witchcraft will be mentioned. In the forth chapter the social context shall be examined. In this passage the accused shall be represented and the reasons which led to their accusation. In the last chapter the witch-hunts in early modern Germany shall be represented. It keeps the question in what way the witch-hunts increased during the early modern period and which reasons contributed to their decline. Furthe
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The Clovenstone Workings

The Clovenstone Workings

Noted author and sorcerous practitioner Robin Artisson has assembled this work of practical guidance and instruction based upon research, occult exploration, and ritually channeled guidance gained over a period of time leading up to the ...

Author: Robin Artisson

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798673624906

Category:

Page: 257

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"The Clovenstone Workings" is a manual of Witchcraft inspired by and based upon 17th Century reports of the operations, workings, and meetings of Early Modern Witches. Noted author and sorcerous practitioner Robin Artisson has assembled this work of practical guidance and instruction based upon research, occult exploration, and ritually channeled guidance gained over a period of time leading up to the book's publication. Found within are examinations of the nature of the entities who stood behind the historical arts of Witchcraft and the extraordinary relationships once gained by certain human beings with them: entities whose presence can still be encountered at rare times by men and women today. How this was accomplished in the past, and methods for how it might be accomplished now through the incubation of initiatory dreams, are both elucidated in great detail. The motivations behind historical Witchcraft, the nature of the Witch throughout history, and the difficulties that modern people face when attempting to integrate themselves with the spiritual current of the Despised Art are all given a thoughtful treatment. The heart of this work contains full instructions for basic and advanced feats of Witchery as they were reported in Early Modern sources, including the yielding of the legendary talismanic Green Oyl, the art of scrying in mirrors and dark surfaces under the empowerment of certain mystical formulas, petitioning and bargaining with spirits, Transvection or soul-flight, and sympathetic sorcery achieved through empowered images. The Clovenstone Workings is a readable and concise handbook of the Witchcraft of an older age, well-suited for adepts of the Strange Arts as well as for those seeking to begin their own practice.
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Heresy Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

Heresy  Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

Bringing together the fields of Reformation and witchcraft studies, this fascinating book reveals how the early modern period's religious conflicts led to widespread confusion and uncertainty.

Author: Gary K. Waite

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137095763

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 726

In the fifteenth century many authorities did not believe Inquisitors' stories of a supposed Satanic witch sect. However, the religious conflict of the sixteenth-century Reformation - especially popular movements of reform and revolt - helped to create an atmosphere in which diabolical conspiracies (which swept up religious dissidents, Jews and magicians into their nets) were believed to pose a very real threat. Fear of the Devil and his followers inspired horrific incidents of judicially-approved terror in early modern Europe, leading after 1560 to the infamous witch hunts. Bringing together the fields of Reformation and witchcraft studies, this fascinating book reveals how the early modern period's religious conflicts led to widespread confusion and uncertainty. Gary K. Waite examines in-depth how church leaders dispelled rising religious doubt by persecuting heretics, and how alleged infernal plots, and witches who confessed to making a pact with the Devil, helped the authorities to reaffirm orthodoxy. Waite argues that it was only when the authorities came to terms with pluralism that there was a corresponding decline in witch panics.
Categories: History

Demonology and Witch Hunting in Early Modern Europe

Demonology and Witch Hunting in Early Modern Europe

This book brings demonology and witch-hunting back together, while placing both topics in their specific regional cultures.

Author: Julian Goodare

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000080803

Category: History

Page: 334

View: 558

Demonology – the intellectual study of demons and their powers – contributed to the prosecution of thousands of witches. But how exactly did intellectual ideas relate to prosecutions? Recent scholarship has shown that some of the demonologists’ concerns remained at an abstract intellectual level, while some of the judges’ concerns reflected popular culture. This book brings demonology and witch-hunting back together, while placing both topics in their specific regional cultures. The book’s chapters, each written by a leading scholar, cover most regions of Europe, from Scandinavia and Britain through to Germany, France and Switzerland, and Italy and Spain. By focusing on various intellectual levels of demonology, from sophisticated demonological thought to the development of specific demonological ideas and ideas within the witch trial environment, the book offers a thorough examination of the relationship between demonology and witch-hunting. Demonology and Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe is essential reading for all students and researchers of the history of demonology, witch-hunting and early modern Europe.
Categories: History

Witchcraft and Gender in Early Modern Society

Witchcraft and Gender in Early Modern Society

With a sharp eye for detail, Raisa Maria Toivo explores the gender implications of the complex system of household management and public representation in which seventeenth-century Finnish women and men negotiated their positions.

Author: Raisa Maria Toivo

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754664546

Category: History

Page: 231

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With a sharp eye for detail, Raisa Maria Toivo explores the gender implications of the complex system of household management and public representation in which seventeenth-century Finnish women and men negotiated their positions. From specific case studies of Finnish peasant women, Toivo broadens her narrative to include historiographical discussion on the history of witchcraft, on women's and gender history and on early modern social history, shedding new light on each theme.
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Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland

Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland

King James' treatise was written at a period of dramatic change in Scottish witchcraft and after a period of intense prosecution in Scotland. It was republished in England in the year of James' accession to the English throne.

Author: Lawrence Normand

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015053517382

Category: History

Page: 454

View: 842

King James' treatise was written at a period of dramatic change in Scottish witchcraft and after a period of intense prosecution in Scotland. It was republished in England in the year of James' accession to the English throne.
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The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europe

The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europe

Exploring the elements of reality in early modern witchcraft and popular magic, through a combination of detailed archival research and broad-ranging interdisciplinary analyses, this book complements and challenges existing scholarship, and ...

Author: E. Bever

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 134954664X

Category: History

Page: 627

View: 373

Exploring the elements of reality in early modern witchcraft and popular magic, through a combination of detailed archival research and broad-ranging interdisciplinary analyses, this book complements and challenges existing scholarship, and offers unique insights into this murky aspect of early modern history.
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Witchcraft in Early Modern England

Witchcraft in Early Modern England

Supported by a range of compelling primary documents, this book is essential reading for all students of the history of witchcraft. > Supported by a range of compelling primary documents, this book is essential reading for all students of ...

Author: Jim Sharpe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1138831166

Category: History

Page: 184

View: 631

Witchcraft in Early Modern Englandprovides a fascinating introduction to the history of witches and witchcraft in England from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Witchcraft was a crime punishable by death in England during this period and this book charts the witch panics and legal persecution of witches that followed, exploring topics such as elite attitudes to witchcraft in England, the role of pressures and tensions within the community in accusations of witchcraft, the way in which the legal system dealt with witchcraft cases, and the complex decline of belief in witchcraft. Revised and updated, this new edition explores the modern historiographical debate surrounding this subject and incorporates recent findings and interpretations of historians in the field, bringing it right up-to-date and in particular offering an extended treatment of the difficult issues surrounding gender and witchcraft. Supported by a range of compelling primary documents, this book is essential reading for all students of the history of witchcraft. > Supported by a range of compelling primary documents, this book is essential reading for all students of the history of witchcraft.
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Thinking with Demons

Thinking with Demons

This work will increase our understanding of the cultural history of early modern Europe.

Author: Stuart Clark

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198208081

Category: History

Page: 827

View: 678

Dr Clark offers an interpretation of the witchcraft beliefs of European intellectuals of the period, based on their publication in the field of demonology. This work will increase our understanding of the cultural history of early modern Europe.
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Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland 1500 1800

Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland  1500 1800

This comprehensive study examines Polish demonology in relation to witchcraft trials in Wielkopolska, revealing the witch as a force for both good and evil.

Author: W. Wyporska

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137384218

Category: History

Page: 245

View: 131

This comprehensive study examines Polish demonology in relation to witchcraft trials in Wielkopolska, revealing the witch as a force for both good and evil. It explores the use of witchcraft, the nature of accusations and the role of gender.
Categories: History