Witchcraft in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

Witchcraft in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

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by Jeffrey Burton Russell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801492890

ISBN-13: 9780801492891

Pub. Date: 01/28/1984

Publisher: Cornell University Press

All the known theories and incidents of witchcraft in Western Europe from the fifth to the fifteenth century are brilliantly set forth in this engaging and comprehensive history. Building on a foundation of newly discovered primary sources and recent secondary interpretations, Jeffrey Burton Russell first establishes the facts and then explains the phenomenon of

Overview

All the known theories and incidents of witchcraft in Western Europe from the fifth to the fifteenth century are brilliantly set forth in this engaging and comprehensive history. Building on a foundation of newly discovered primary sources and recent secondary interpretations, Jeffrey Burton Russell first establishes the facts and then explains the phenomenon of witchcraft in terms of its social and religious environment, particularly in relation to medieval heresies.

Russell treats European witchcraft as a product of Christianity, grounded in heresy more than in the magic and sorcery that have existed in other societies. Skillfully blending narration with analysis, he shows how social and religious changes nourished the spread of witchcraft until large portions of medieval Europe were in its grip, "from the most illiterate peasant to the most skilled philosopher or scientist." A significant chapter in the history of ideas and their repression is illuminated by this book. Our enduring fascination with the occult gives the author's affirmation that witchcraft arises at times and in areas afflicted with social tensions a special quality of immediacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801492891
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1984
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
394
Sales rank:
1,211,692
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Meaning of Witchcraft

2. Witchcraft in History

3. The Transformation of Paganism, 300–700

4. Popular Witchcraft and Heresy, 700–1140

5. Demonology, Catharism, and Witchcraft, 1140–1230

6. Antinomianism, Scholasticism, and the Inquisition, 1230–1300

7. Witchcraft and Rebellion in Medieval Society, 1300–1360

8. The Beginning of the Witch Craze, 1360–1427

9. The Classical Formulation of the Witch Phenomenon, 1427–1486

10. Witchcraft and the Medieval Mind

Appendix: The Canon Episcopi and Its Variations

Notes
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Theorists of Witchcraft, 1430–1486
Books and Articles
Index

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Witchcraft in the Middle Ages 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Non-PC work I have ever found on the subject. It's also writen exactly as I was taught in University without being a boor.