The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europe: Culture, Cognition and Everyday Life

The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europe: Culture, Cognition and Everyday Life

by E. Bever

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Overview

The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europe: Culture, Cognition and Everyday Life by E. Bever

Exploring the elements of reality in early modern witchcraft and popular magic, through a combination of detailed archival research and broad-ranging interdisciplinary analyses, this book complements and challenges existing scholarship, and offers unique insights into this murky aspect of early modern history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137311870
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 06/11/2008
Series: Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 627
Sales rank: 958,050
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

EDWARD BEVER received his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 1983, USA.He was a software developer specializing in historical simulations before taking his present position as Professor of History at SUNY Old Westbury in 1997.He has published a book on African history and a number of articles on witchcraft and magic in Early Modern Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction PART I: THE REALITY OF MALEFICIUM The Varieties of Maleficium Maleficium and Society PART II: THE REALITIES OF DIABOLISM The Devil in the Duchy of Württemberg Witch Dances and Witch Salves Sorcery, Satanism, and Shamanism PART III: THE REALITIES OF BENEFICENT MAGIC Divination and Prophesy Benevolent Manipulative Magic PART IV: REPRESSION AND REALITY Magic in Society Conclusion

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