A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718

A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718

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by Wallace Notestein
     
 

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This study of witchcraft has been limited to a period of about one hundred and sixty years in English history. The year 1558 has been chosen as the starting point because almost immediately after the accession of Elizabeth there began the movement for a new law, a movement which resulted in the statute of 1563. With that statute the… See more details below

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Excerpt from preface:
This study of witchcraft has been limited to a period of about one hundred and sixty years in English history. The year 1558 has been chosen as the starting point because almost immediately after the accession of Elizabeth there began the movement for a new law, a movement which resulted in the statute of 1563. With that statute the history of the persecution of witches gathers importance. The year 1718 has been selected as a concluding date because that year was marked by the publication of Francis Hutchinson's notable attack upon the belief. Hutchinson levelled a final and deadly blow at the dying superstition.

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The American Historical Review, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Oct., 1912) - G. F. B.
Professor Notestein shows clearly that the developing of the notion of witchcraft in the popular mind was due to the practisers of magic arts, the charmers and enchanters who were plotting against the life of Queen Elizabeth.

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ISBN-13:
2940023593722
Publisher:
The American historical association
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