Witchcraft and Its Transformations, C. 1650-C. 1750

Witchcraft and Its Transformations, C. 1650-C. 1750

by Ian Bostridge

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Overview

This is an original and important study of the significance of witchcraft in English public life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In his lively account, Bostridge explores contemporary beliefs about witchcraft and shows how it remained a serious concern across the spectrum of political opinion. He concludes that its gradual descent into polite ridicule had as much to do with political developments as with the birth of reason.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198206538
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/27/1997
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)

About the Author

Ian Bostridge is a young British tenor making his mark on the opera and concert stage. He sings full-time, but is also writing a book, provisionally entitled Being a Singer, to be published by Methuen in 1998.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xii(1)
Abbreviations xiii
Introduction 1(5)
1. Contract
6(32)
2. Hobbes
38(15)
3. Witchcraft Restored
53(32)
4. Pandaemonium
85(23)
5. Party-Causes
108(31)
6. The Last Debate?
139(16)
7. Afterlife
155(25)
8. Repeal
180(23)
9. Witchcraft Abroad
203(30)
Conclusion 233(12)
Bibliography 245(20)
Index 265

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