The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe


Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317875605

Category: History

Page: 360

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Between 1450 and 1750 thousands of people – most of them women – were accused, prosecuted and executed for the crime of witchcraft. The witch-hunt was not a single event; it comprised thousands of individual prosecutions, each shaped by the religious and social dimensions of the particular area as well as political and legal factors. Brian Levack sorts through the proliferation of theories to provide a coherent introduction to the subject, as well as contributing to the scholarly debate. The book: Examines why witchcraft prosecutions took place, how many trials and victims there were, and why witch-hunting eventually came to an end. Explores the beliefs of both educated and illiterate people regarding witchcraft. Uses regional and local studies to give a more detailed analysis of the chronological and geographical distribution of witch-trials. Emphasises the legal context of witchcraft prosecutions. Illuminates the social, economic and political history of early modern Europe, and in particular the position of women within it. In this fully updated third edition of his exceptional study, Levack incorporates the vast amount of literature that has emerged since the last edition. He substantially extends his consideration of the decline of the witch-hunt and goes further in his exploration of witch-hunting after the trials, especially in contemporary Africa. New illustrations vividly depict beliefs about witchcraft in early modern Europe.

The Scottish Witch-Hunt in Context


Author: Julian Goodare

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719060243

Category: History

Page: 230

View: 8109

Covering the whole period of the Scottish witch-hunt, from the mid-16th century to the early 18th, this book is a collection of essays on Scottish witchcraft and witch-hunting. It provides a comparative dimension of witch-hunting beyond Scotland.


Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials


Author: Marc Aronson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416903151

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 288

View: 3015

Sifting through the facts, myths, and half-truths surrounding the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, a historian draws on primary sources to explore the events of that time.

The European Witch-Hunt


Author: Julian Goodare

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317198301

Category: History

Page: 452

View: 9384

The European Witch-Hunt seeks to explain why thousands of people, mostly lower-class women, were deliberately tortured and killed in the name of religion and morality during three centuries of intermittent witch-hunting throughout Europe and North America. Combining perspectives from history, sociology, psychology and other disciplines, this book provides a comprehensive account of witch-hunting in early modern Europe. Julian Goodare sets out an original interpretation of witch-hunting as an episode of ideologically-driven persecution by the ‘godly state’ in the era of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Full weight is also given to the context of village social relationships, and there is a detailed analysis of gender issues. Witch-hunting was a legal operation, and the courts’ rationale for interrogation under torture is explained. Panicking local elites, rather than central governments, were at the forefront of witch-hunting. Further chapters explore folk beliefs about legendary witches, and intellectuals’ beliefs about a secret conspiracy of witches in league with the Devil. Witch-hunting eventually declined when the ideological pressure to combat the Devil’s allies slackened. A final chapter sets witch-hunting in the context of other episodes of modern persecution. This book is the ideal resource for students exploring the history of witch-hunting. Its level of detail and use of social theory also make it important for scholars and researchers.

Witch Hunt


Author: Ruth Warburton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444914499

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9480

London, 1880. Eighteen-year-old Witch Hunter Luke Lexton has failed his initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum - the secretive brotherhood devoted to hunting witches. Instead of killing the witch he picked from the Book of Witches, he has committed the worst possible crime: he has fallen for her. Sixteen-year-old witch girl Rosa Greenwood has failed to secure her struggling family's future by marrying the handsome, cruel, rich and powerful Sebastian Knyvet. Instead she has set fire to his factory and has brought disgrace on her family. Now together they are on the run - from Rosa's ex-fiancé and from Luke's former brothers in the Malleus. As they flee across England, and with the danger of their past catching up to them ... can they overcome their differences? Can a witch hunter ever find love with a witch girl? 'Gorgeously romantic.' Amanda Craig, The Times

Witch Hunts in Europe and America

An Encyclopedia


Author: William E. Burns

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313321429

Category: History

Page: 359

View: 9265

Covering witch hunts from Germany to New England, this concise encyclopedia is a fascinating reference on the hunt to find and persecute those who practiced witchcraft.

Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England

A Documentary History 1638–1693, Second Edition


Author: David D. Hall

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822336136

Category: History

Page: 378

View: 1955

Illuminates the history of witchcraft and witch-hunting in seventeenth-century New England.


The Assignment of Blame


Author: Clifton Wilcox

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469181126

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 78

View: 2246

Writing Witch-Hunt Histories

Challenging the Paradigm


Author: Marko Nenonen,Raisa Maria Toivo

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004257918

Category: History

Page: 234

View: 9921

The book gives an analytical review of the history of witch-hunt historiography. The history of the witch-hunt research gives understanding of cultural and academic trends which direct any research even when scholars are not cognisent of their underlying premises.

Witch Hunt

The History of Persecution


Author: Nigel Cawthorne

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 1848585055

Category: History

Page: 239

View: 9443

When bigotry and power-mania take control, disaster always follows for ordinary people - even when the power is wielded by the Church. Witchcraft, of course, was seen as devil-worship. Those accused - over 100,000 people, mainly women, between 1450 and 1750 - were subjected to the most bestial tortures and usually executed. Witch Hunt examines t...