A Razor for a Goat: Problems in the History of Witchcraft and Diabolism / Edition 2

A Razor for a Goat: Problems in the History of Witchcraft and Diabolism / Edition 2

by Elliot Rose
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802067689

ISBN-13: 9780802067685

Pub. Date: 01/01/1989

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

First published in 1962, Elliot Rose's A Razor for a Goat is a study of witchcraft as a religion, whether the religion was a form of pagan survival or a depraved Christian (or anti-Christian) heresy. Rose surveyed witch-scares, fairy folklore, 'ritual' deaths, the Canon Episcopi, and goliards for evidence for witchcraft, and to make some suggestions

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First published in 1962, Elliot Rose's A Razor for a Goat is a study of witchcraft as a religion, whether the religion was a form of pagan survival or a depraved Christian (or anti-Christian) heresy. Rose surveyed witch-scares, fairy folklore, 'ritual' deaths, the Canon Episcopi, and goliards for evidence for witchcraft, and to make some suggestions about the reality behind the popular beliefs on witchcraft societies and Sabbats. One of the first studies to debunk the dominant theory of the time that witchcraft had been an organized pre-Christian religion, A Razor for a Goat is listed on many anthropology, religion, and history course bibliographies.

This reprint has a ten-page foreword by Richard Kieckhefer that gives a historiographical examination of the importance of this book, and situates it within the discipline today. Closely reasoned, and written with a rare wit, A Razor for a Goat is a classic study and excellent survey of the literature and history of witchcraft.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802067685
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
01/01/1989
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Which Witch is Which?3
2Light from the Obscure Men22
3Dianus versus Diabolus40
41066 and All That56
5Divinity That Doth Hedge79
6A Hunt for a Huntress106
7What Song the Syrens Sang130
8The Gargoyles of Notre Dame152
9The Powers of Darkness178
10A Tell-tale in Their Company200
App. AThe Blokula Scare233
App. BThe Waldensians and Albigensians235
App. CA Short Glossary of Words Sometimes Treated as Technical Terms of Sorcery242
Bibliography247
Index253

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