Witchcraft in Europe and the New World, 1400-1800 / Edition 1

Witchcraft in Europe and the New World, 1400-1800 / Edition 1

by P. G. Maxwell-Stuart
     
 

This book illuminates the way in which people in the early modern era framed their ideas about the Creator and the created universe in terms of magic. This perspective informed and molded theology, philosophy, the law, medicine, and the sciences, as well as offered practical help with the problems of everyday life. The study of witchcraft (as a particular

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Overview

This book illuminates the way in which people in the early modern era framed their ideas about the Creator and the created universe in terms of magic. This perspective informed and molded theology, philosophy, the law, medicine, and the sciences, as well as offered practical help with the problems of everyday life. The study of witchcraft (as a particular manifestation of this mental world), helps to illustrate many of the key concepts which governed both defenders and, later, opponents of the magical Zeitgeist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333764657
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.27(d)

Table of Contents

Themes and Definitions
• Late Medieval Attitudes to Witchcraft
• Two Influential Witchcraft Treatises
• The Effects of the Early Reformation
• A Widespread Intent to Prosecute
• Witches in the North and East
• Witches in the New World
• The Decline in Prosecutions
• Bibliography
• Index

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