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

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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: 1/1/1989
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elliot Rose is a professor in the Department of History, University of Toronto.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Which Witch is Which? 3
2 Light from the Obscure Men 22
3 Dianus versus Diabolus 40
4 1066 and All That 56
5 Divinity That Doth Hedge 79
6 A Hunt for a Huntress 106
7 What Song the Syrens Sang 130
8 The Gargoyles of Notre Dame 152
9 The Powers of Darkness 178
10 A Tell-tale in Their Company 200
App. A The Blokula Scare 233
App. B The Waldensians and Albigensians 235
App. C A Short Glossary of Words Sometimes Treated as Technical Terms of Sorcery 242
Bibliography 247
Index 253
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