Heresy, Magic And Witchcraft In Early Modern Europe / Edition 1

Heresy, Magic And Witchcraft In Early Modern Europe / Edition 1

by Gary K. Waite
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0333754344

ISBN-13: 9780333754344

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Bringing together the fields of Reformation and witchcraft studies, Gary K. Waite reveals how the early-modern period's religious conflicts led to widespread confusion and uncertainty, against which alleged diabolical conspiracies served to reaffirm orthodoxy. As with the vicious persecution of Anabaptists, witch-hunting was a means of restoring belief in the

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Bringing together the fields of Reformation and witchcraft studies, Gary K. Waite reveals how the early-modern period's religious conflicts led to widespread confusion and uncertainty, against which alleged diabolical conspiracies served to reaffirm orthodoxy. As with the vicious persecution of Anabaptists, witch-hunting was a means of restoring belief in the veracity of official teachings about the supernatural realm. Waite argues that it was only when the authorities came to terms with religious pluralism that there was a corresponding decline in witch panics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333754344
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
European Culture & Society Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Introduction
• The Devil, Magic and Heresy in the Later Middle Ages
• The Reformation and the End of the World
• Heresy, Doubt and Demonising the 'Other'
• The Reformation, Magic and Witchcraft 1520-1600
• Religious Conflict and the Rise of Witch Hunting 1562-1630
• Religious Pluralism and the End of the Witch Hunts
• Conclusions
• Notes
• Annotated Bibliography
• Index

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