Witchcraft Reader / Edition 1

Witchcraft Reader / Edition 1

by Darren Oldridge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415214939

ISBN-13: 9780415214933

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This fascinating collection offers a selection of the best historical writing on witchcraft, exploring how belief in witchcraft began, and the social and cultural context in which this belief flourished. A whole range of historical perspectives is collected here, including recent research on the role of gender in witch trials, ideas about the devil and demonic

Overview

This fascinating collection offers a selection of the best historical writing on witchcraft, exploring how belief in witchcraft began, and the social and cultural context in which this belief flourished. A whole range of historical perspectives is collected here, including recent research on the role of gender in witch trials, ideas about the devil and demonic possession, and reasons for the decline of witch trials.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415214933
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Routledge Readers in History Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsxi
General Introduction1
Part 1Mediaeval Origins21
1Witch Trials in Mediaeval Europe25
2The Demonization of Mediaeval Heretics36
Part 2Witchcraft, Magic and Culture53
3The Experience of Bewitchment57
4Weather, Hunger and Fear: Origins of the European Witch-Hunts in Climate, Society and Mentality69
5The Sociology of Jura Witchcraft87
6Witchcraft Narratives and Folklore Motifs in Southern Italy97
Part 3The Idea of a Witch Cult109
7Heartland of the Witchcraze113
8Deciphering the Witches' Sabbat120
9The Alternative World of the Witches' Sabbat129
10Satanic Myths and Cultural Realities136
11Inversion, Misrule and the Meaning of Witchcraft149
Part 4Witchcraft and the Reformation161
12Protestant Witchcraft, Catholic Witchcraft165
13Confessional Identity and Magic in the Late Sixteenth Century: Jakob Bithner and Witchcraft in Styria180
14Between the Devil and the Inquisitor: Anabaptists, Diabolical Conspiracies and Magical Beliefs189
Part 5Witchcraft, the State and Social Control201
15The Crime of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe205
16State-Building and Witch Hunting in Early Modern Europe213
Part 6Witchcraft, Possession and the Devil227
17The Devil in Renaissance France233
18The Devil and the German People240
19A Divine Apparition or Demonic Possession?254
Part 7Witchcraft and Gender267
20Was Witch-Hunting Woman-Hunting?273
21Patriarchal Reconstruction and Witch-Hunting276
22Women, Witchcraft and the Legal Process289
23Women: Witches and Witnesses303
Part 8Reading Confessions323
24Oedipus and the Devil329
25Witchcraft and Power in Early Modern England: the Case of Margaret Moore343
26Witches, Wives and Mothers: Witchcraft Persecution and Women's Confessions in Seventeenth-Century England353
Part 9The Decline of Witchcraft367
27The End of Witch Trials373
28The Decline of Witches and the Rise of Vampires387
29Urbanization and the Decline of Witchcraft: An Examination of London399
Part 10A New Witch-Hunt?413
30Occult Survivors: The Making of a Myth419
31The Wish Not to Know433
Index437

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