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: 0521525101

ISBN-13: 9780521525107

Pub. Date: 06/17/2002

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 skeptics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521525107
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/17/2002
Series:
Past and Present Publications Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(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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