Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany / Edition 1

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Overview

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, thousands of women confessed to being witches and were put to death. This book is a gripping account of the pursuit, interrogation, torture, and burning of witches, particularly in Germany, as well as a deeper exploration of the psychology of witch-hunting in modern culture.
"[A] brilliant piece of investigative history."—The Guardian
"This ambitious and subtle book is testament not only to Roper's skill in excavating stories from the German archives, but also to her imagination and determination in reading between the lines of examinations and confessions. . . . Compelling, courageous and inspirational."—Malcolm Gaskill, Journal of the Historical Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300119831
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 831,952
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyndal Roper is professor of history at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Balliol College.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : the witch at the smithy 1
Ch. 1 The baroque landscape 15
Ch. 2 Interrogation and torture 44
Ch. 3 Cannibalism 69
Ch. 4 Sex with the devil 82
Ch. 5 Sabbaths 104
Ch. 6 Fertility 127
Ch. 7 Crones 160
Ch. 8 Family revenge 181
Ch. 9 Godless children 204
Ch. 10 A witch in the age of enlightenment 222
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