Witchcraft Reader / Edition 1

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

An anthology of 31 articles and essays originally published in journals or earlier anthologies. They consider witchcraft from the perspectives of medieval origins, magic and culture, the idea of a cult, the Reformation, the state and social control, possession and the devil, gender, reading confessions, decline, and signs of a new witch hunt. Distributed in the US by Taylor and Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'Good value for money and very highly recommended'The Cauldron
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415214933
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Routledge Readers in History Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Oldridge is Lecturer in History at the University of Worcester. He has published extensively on religion and belief in the early modern period, and his most recent book is Strange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds (Routledge, 2005).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Medieval origins 19

1 Witch Trials in Medieval Europe (1976) Richard Kieckhefer Kieckhefer, Richard 23

2 The Demonisation of Medieval Heretics (1975) Norman Cohn Cohn, Norman 31

3 Witchcraft and Reform in the Late Middle Ages (2003) Michael D. Bailey Bailey, Michael D. 37

4 The Malleus Maleficarum and the Construction of Witchcraft (2003) Hans Peter Broedel Broedel, Hans Peter 43

Pt. 2 Witchcraft, magic and fear 49

5 The Experience of Bewitchment (1996) Robin Briggs Briggs, Robin 53

6 Witches and Charmers in Scotland (2002) Joyce Miller Miller, Joyce 64

7 The Medical Effects of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe (2002) Edward Bever Bever, Edward 69

8 Weather, Hunger and Fear: Origins of the European Witch-Hunts in Climate, Society and Mentality (1995) Wolfgang Behringer Behringer, Wolfgang 74

Pt. 3 The idea of a witch cult 87

9 Margaret Murray's Witch Cult (1994) Jacqueline Simpson Simpson, Jacqueline 93

10 Heartland of the Witchcraze (3981) H. C. Erik Midelfort Midelfort, H. C. Erik 99

11 From Dream Cult to Witches' Sabbath (1993) Gustav Henningsen Henningsen, Gustav 107

12 The Alternative World of the Witches' Sabbat (1993) Eva Pocs Pocs, Eva 112

13 Inversion, Misrule and the Meaning of Witchcraft (1980) Stuart Clark Clark, Stuart 120

Pt. 4 Witchcraft and the Reformation 131

14 Protestant Witchcraft, Catholic Witchcraft (1997) Stuart Clark Clark, Stuart 136

15 A Lutheran Response to Witchcraft and Magic Alison Rowlands Rowlands, Alison 148

16 Anabaptists and the Devil (1999) Gary K. Waite Waite, Gary K. 154

Pt. 5 Witchcraft and authority 165

17 The Crime of Witchcraft in Europe (1991) Christina Larner Larner, Christina 171

18 PierreDe Lancre and the Basque Witch-Hunt (1999) Gerhild Scholz Williams Williams, Gerhild Scholz 180

19 State-Building and Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe (1996) Brian P. Levack Levack, Brian P. 185

20 Witchcraft, Confessionalism and Authority (2002) William Monter Monter, William 198

Pt. 6 Witchcraft, possession and the Devil 205

21 The Devil and the German People (1989) H. C. Erik Midelfort Midelfort, H. C. Erik 211

22 The Social Meanings of Demonic Possession (2004) Kathleen Sands Sands, Kathleen 223

23 Ecstasy, Possession, Witchcraft (2004) Sarah Ferber Ferber, Sarah 230

24 Johann Weyer and the Devil (1994) Elisa Slattery Slattery, Elisa 240

Pt. 7 Witchcraft and gender 247

25 Was Witch-Hunting Woman-Hunting? (1994) Christina Larner Larner, Christina 253

26 The Myth of the Persecuted Female Healer (1995) Jane P. Davidson Davidson, Jane P. 257

27 Damned Women in Puritan New England (1997) Elizabeth Reis Reis, Elizabeth 261

28 Women, Witches and Witnesses (1993) Clive Holmes Holmes, Clive 267

29 Masculinity and Male Witches in Old and New England (2005) E. J. Kent Kent, E. J. 287

Pt. 8 Reading confessions 301

30 Witchcraft Confessions and Demonology (2005) Virginia Krause Krause, Virginia 305

31 Witches, Wives and Mothers (1995) Louise Jackson Jackson, Louise 311

32 Oedipus and the Devil (1994) Lyndal Roper Roper, Lyndal 324

Pt. 9 The decline of witchcraft 337

33 The Decline of Witchcraft Prosecutions (1999) Brian P. Levack Levack, Brian P. 341

34 The Decline of the Witchcraft Pamphlet (1999) Marion Gibson Gibson, Marion 349

35 Urbanisation and the Decline of Witchcraft: An Examination of London (1997) Owen Davies Davies, Owen 353

36 Witchcraft After the Witch Trials (1999) Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra Gijswijt-Hofstra, Marijke 367

Pt. 10 Witchcraft today 373

37 Modern Witches and Their Past (1996) Diane Purkiss Purkiss, Diane 379

38 Witchcraft and Satanic Abuse (1998) Jean La Fontaine La Fontaine, Jean 385

Index 389

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