Witchcraft and Its Transformations, C. 1650-C. 1750

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This is an original and important study of the significance of witchcraft in English public life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In his lively account, Bostridge explores contemporary beliefs about witchcraft and shows how it remained a serious concern across the spectrum of political opinion. He concludes that its gradual descent into polite ridicule had as much to do with political developments as with the birth of reason.

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Overview

This is an original and important study of the significance of witchcraft in English public life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In his lively account, Bostridge explores contemporary beliefs about witchcraft and shows how it remained a serious concern across the spectrum of political opinion. He concludes that its gradual descent into polite ridicule had as much to do with political developments as with the birth of reason.

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Ian Bostridge is a young British tenor making his mark on the opera and concert stage. He sings full-time, but is also writing a book, provisionally entitled Being a Singer, to be published by Methuen in 1998.

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Introduction 1
1 Contract 6
2 Hobbes 38
3 Witchcraft Restored 53
4 Pandaemonium 85
5 Party-Causes 108
6 The Last Debate? 139
7 Afterlife 155
8 Repeal 180
9 Witchcraft Abroad 203
Conclusion 233
Bibliography 245
Index 265
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