The History of Witchcraft and Demonology


Author: Montague Summers

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486120902

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

View: 6909

This classic of esoterica, written by the field's foremost scholar, employs colorful, little-known anecdotes and historical accounts to explore witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, damnation, Satanism, and every variety of magic.

Emotions in the History of Witchcraft


Author: Laura Kounine,Michael Ostling

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137529032

Category: History

Page: 321

View: 9464

Bringing together leading historians, anthropologists, and religionists, this volume examines the unbridled passions of witchcraft from the Middle Ages to the present. Witchcraft is an intensely emotional crime, rooted in the belief that envy and spite can cause illness or even death. Witch-trials in turn are emotionally driven by the grief of alleged victims and by the fears of magistrates and demonologists. With examples ranging from Russia to New England, Germany to Cameroon, chapters cover the representation of emotional witches in demonology and art; the gendering of witchcraft as female envy or male rage; witchcraft as a form of bullying and witchcraft accusation as a form of therapy; love magic and demon-lovers; and the affective memorialization of the “Burning Times” among contemporary Pagan feminists. Wide-ranging and methodologically diverse, the book is appropriate for scholars of witchcraft, gender, and emotions; for graduate or undergraduate courses, and for the interested general reader.

The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology


Author: Rossell Hope Robbins

Publisher: Random House Value Publishing


Category: Religion

Page: 557

View: 5798

A compendium of information on the history, practitioners, and lore of witchcraft and sorcery.

A Popular History of Witchcraft (RLE Witchcraft)


Author: Montague Summers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113674018X

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 9342

This is a comprehensive guide to the practices of witchcraft from their inception to the present day. Summers argues that all witchcraft is essentially the same, regardless of geographical location. He examines the practices of the cult in great detail, and its historical progression, within the context of the 1736 Repeal Act of George II.

The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology


Author: Rossell Robbins

Publisher: Girard & Stewart

ISBN: 9781626540705

Category: Reference

Page: 576

View: 5361

With research sourced by the world's greatest libraries, Robbins has compiled a rational, balanced history of 300 years of horror concentrated primarily in Western Europe. Spanning from the 15th century through the 18th century, the witch-hunt frenzy marks a period of suppressed rational thought; never before have so many been so wrong. To better understand this phenomenon, Robbins examines how the meaning of "witch" has evolved and exposes the true nature of witchcraft--a topic widely discussed in popular culture, though remarkably misunderstood. First published in 1959, Robbins' encyclopedia remains the most authoritative and comprehensive body of information about witchcraft and demonology ever compiled in a single volume. Lavishly acclaimed in academic and popular reviews, this full-scale compendium of fact, history, and legend covers about every phase of this fascinating subject from its origins in the medieval times to its last eruptions in the 18th century. Accompanying the text are 250 illustrations from rare books, contemporary prints, and old manuscripts, many of which have been published here for the first time. Rossell Hope Robbins (1912-1990), an acknowledged authority on witchcraft, was one of the half-dozen Americans ever elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He authored over a dozen books and nearly 200 articles, including the definitive introduction to the catalogue of the Witchcraft Collection at Cornell University Library in 1979. He was a Commonwealth Fellow, Canada Council Professor, and he received grants from the Modern Language Association of America and from the American Council of Learned Societies. He also served as Chairman of the Middle English Division of the MLA, President of the Medieval Club of New York, research associate at Harvard and Columbia Universities. Robbins has lectured extensively on medieval topics and witchcraft at universities throughout the world.

Demonology, Religion, and Witchcraft


Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815336693

Category: History

Page: 486

View: 9320

This volume is a comprehensive collection of critical essays on The Taming of the Shrew, and includes extensive discussions of the play's various printed versions and its theatrical productions. Aspinall has included only those essays that offer the most influential and controversial arguments surrounding the play. The issues discussed include gender, authority, female autonomy and unruliness, courtship and marriage, language and speech, and performance and theatricality.

Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 4

The Period of the Witch Trials


Author: Stuart Clark,William Monter

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0485890046

Category: History

Page: 193

View: 6906

The fifteenth to eighteenth centuries was a period of witchcraft prosecutions throughout Europe and modern scholars have now devoted a huge amount of research to these episodes. This volume will attempt to bring this work together by summarising the history of the trials in a new way - according to the types of legal systems involved. Other topics covered will be the continued practical use made of magic, the elaboration of demonological theories about witchcraft and magic, and the further development of scientific interests in natural magic through the 'Neoplatonic' and 'Hermetic' period.Amongst the topics included here are Superstition and Belief in high and popular culture, the place of Medicine, Witchcraft survivals in art and literature, and the survival of Persecution.>

Materials Toward a History of Witchcraft 1890


Author: Henry Charles Lea

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing

ISBN: 9780766183605

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 452

View: 8958

1890. Volume 1 of 3: The following volumes are a complete and accurate account of witchcraft. They provide a detailed account of how the theory was developed and how it is interpreted. Lea composes factual references that will inform and enlighten anyone seeking more knowledge of an everlasting practice of magic or sorcery. Partial Contents: Satan, Christian and Hebrew Demonology, Christian Demonology; Magic and Sorcery; Popular Beliefs Accepted by Churchmen; How the Witch Theory Developed; Witch Trials. Volume 2 ISBN 0766183580, Volume 3 ISBN 0766183599.

England's First Demonologist

Reginald Scot and 'the Discoverie of Witchcraft'


Author: Philip C. Almond

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780769636

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 3268

'The fables of witchcraft have taken so fast hold and deepe root in the heart of man, that few or none can indure with patience the hand and correction of God.' Reginald Scot, whose words these are, published his remarkable book The Discoverie of Witchcraft in 1584. England's first major work of demonology, witchcraft and the occult, the book was unashamedly sceptical. It is said that so outraged was King James VI of Scotland by the disbelieving nature of Scot's work that, on James' accession to the English throne in 1603, he ordered every copy to be destroyed. Yet for all the anger directed at Scot, and his scorn for Stuart orthodoxy about wiches, the paradox was that his detailed account of sorcery helped strengthen the hold of European demonologies in England while also inspiring the distinctively English tradition of secular magic and conjuring. Scot's influence was considerable. Shakespeare drew on The Discoverie of Witchcraft for his depiction of the witches in Macbeth. So too did fellow-playwright Thomas Middleton in his tragi-comedy The Witch. Recognising Scot's central importance in the history of ideas, Philip Almond places his subject in the febrile context of his age, examines the chief themes of his work and shows why his writings became a sourcebook for aspiring magicians and conjurors for several hundred years. England's First Demonologist makes a notable contribution to a fascinating but unjustly neglected topic in the study of Early Modern England and European intellectual history.