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

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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.

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"It is an excellent book which demonstrates original thinking and wide scholarship, and will be an important addition to works on witchcraft, and particularly to works which students are being encouraged to read."--Jim Sharpe, University of York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333754344
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: European Culture and Society Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary K. Waite is Professor of History, University of New Brunswick.

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Table of Contents

• 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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