Witchcraft Persecutions in Bavaria: Popular Magic, Religious Zealotry and Reason of State in Early Modern Europe

Witchcraft Persecutions in Bavaria: Popular Magic, Religious Zealotry and Reason of State in Early Modern Europe

by Wolfgang Behringer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521482585

ISBN-13: 9780521482585

Pub. Date: 12/11/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a major, groundbreaking study by a leading scholar of continental witchcraft studies, now made available to an English-speaking audience for the first time. The author has compiled a thorough overview of all known prosecutions for witchcraft in the period 1300-1800, and shows conclusively that witch-hunting was not a constant or uniform phenomenon:

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This is a major, groundbreaking study by a leading scholar of continental witchcraft studies, now made available to an English-speaking audience for the first time. The author has compiled a thorough overview of all known prosecutions for witchcraft in the period 1300-1800, and shows conclusively that witch-hunting was not a constant or uniform phenomenon: three-quarters of all known executions for witchcraft were concentrated in the years 1586-1630. The book also investigates the social and political implications of witchcraft, and the complex religious debates between believers and sceptics.'..essential reading for all serious students of the subject.' Bob Scribner in English Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521482585
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/11/1997
Series:
Past and Present Publications
Pages:
503
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; 1. Introduction; 2. Moving toward a social history of witchcraft; 3. The wave of persecutions around 1590; 4. The struggle for restraint, 1600–30; 5. Perpetuation through domestication, 1630–1775; 6. The final Catholic debate; 7. Conclusions; 8. Sources and literature.

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