Early Modern Witches [NOOK Book]


A collection of fifteen English witchcraft cases, some of which have never appeared in print before. It combines the original spelling editions of popular texts with scholarly annotation and will prove an essential resource to withcraft scholars.
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Early Modern Witches

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A collection of fifteen English witchcraft cases, some of which have never appeared in print before. It combines the original spelling editions of popular texts with scholarly annotation and will prove an essential resource to withcraft scholars.
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This volume consists of a collection of 16 original pamphlets, edited, but presented in their original language, describing 15 English witchcraft cases. Gibson (English, U. of Exeter) provides an introduction to the material in general, as well as individual introductions to each piece, its author, subject, and context. Specific cases include two 1566 examinations, a treatise on "the severall factes of Witch-crafte" (1585), a "memoriall" of several witches, and Thomas Potts "The Wonderful Discoverie of Witches" (1612) in which he recreates the process of a witch trial. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'Gibson is to be congratulated on bringing together these materials together, and on the skill, scholarship and insights she has brought to bear on them.' - James Sharpe, Continuity and Change, vol. 17 2, 2002
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203992302
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 11/16/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 The Examination and Confession of certaine Wytches (1566) 10
2 The Examination of John Walsh (1566) 25
3 A Rehearsall both straung and true (1579) 33
4 A Detection of damnable driftes (1579) 41
5 Richard Galis, A brief treatise (1579) 50
6 W.W., A true and just Recorde (1582) 72
7 The severall factes of Witch-crafte (1585) 125
8 The Apprehension and confession of three notorious Witches (1589) 129
9 A Most Wicked worke of a wretched Witch (1592) 138
10 'A memoriall of certaine most notorious witches' (1595) 146
11 'The severall practises of Johane Harrison and her daughter' (1606) 151
12 The Witches of Northamptonshire (1612) 158
13 Thomas Potts, The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches (1612) 173
14 Witches Apprehended (1613) 266
15 The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Philip Flower (1619) 276
16 Henry Goodcole, The wonderful discoverie of Elizabeth Sawyer, a Witch (1621) 299
Bibliography and further reading 316
Index 323
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2001

    Misted windows on a lost world

    I'm the author of this book, and I collected the accounts of witches which make up much of its text because they offer a fascinating insight into why people were thought to be witches, how they were prosecuted in England, and how Elizabethan and Jacobean 'journalists' wrote their stories of witchcraft. The book analyses these early tabloid accounts as well as presenting them to the reader unchanged from their original form so that you can make up your own mind about what happened, who is representing and misrepresenting what, and why they are doing it. These pamphlets offer us a chance to hear from the witches themselves, the magistrates who questioned them, their supposed victims and from people keen to theorise what witchcraft 'really' meant. I hope you enjoy it.

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