A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 To 1718

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Overview

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. Few men of intelligence dared after that avow any belief in the reality of witchcraft; it is probable that very few even secretly cherished such a belief.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597400985
  • Publisher: ACLS History E-Book Project
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Wallace Notestein (1878-1969) was an American historian, Sterling Professor of English History at Yale University from 1928 to 1947.
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