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Title:
Witchcraft in early modern Europe : studies in culture and belief
Author:
Barry, Jonathan, 1956-
Edition:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1998.

©1996
Physical Description:
xiv, 368 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
'Many reasons why': witchcraft and the problem of multiple explanation / Robin Briggs -- Witchcraft studies in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland / Wolfgang Behringer -- State-building and witch hunting in early modern Europe / Brian P. Levack -- The devil's encounter with America / Fernando Cervantes -- 'Saints or sorcerers': Quakerism, demonology and the decline of witchcraft in seventeenth-century England / Peter Elmer -- The descendants of Circe: witches and Renaissance fictions / Gareth Roberts -- Witchcraft and fantasy in early modern Germany / Lyndal Roper -- The devil in East Anglia: the Matthew Hopkins trials reconsidered / Jim Sharpe -- Witchcraft in early modern Kent: stereotypes and the background to accusations / Malcolm Gaskill -- Patriarchal reconstruction and witch hunting / Marianne Hester -- Witchcraft repealed / Ian Bostridge -- On the continuation of witchcraft / Willem de Blecourt.
ISBN:
9780521638753
Format :
Book

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Summary

This important collection brings together both established figures and new researchers to offer fresh perspectives on the ever-controversial subject of the history of witchcraft. Using Keith Thomas's Religion and the Decline of Magic as a starting point, the contributors explore the changes of the last twenty-five years in the understanding of early modern witchcraft, and suggest new approaches, especially concerning the cultural dimensions of the subject. Witchcraft cases must be understood as power struggles, over gender and ideology as well as social relationships, with a crucial role played by alternative representations. Witchcraft was always a contested idea, never fully established in early modern culture but much harder to dislodge than has usually been assumed. The essays are European in scope, with examples from Germany, France, and the Spanish expansion into the New World, as well as a strong core of English material.


Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Keith Thomas and the problem of witchcraft: explanations and representations of witchcraft since Religion and the Decline of MagicJonathan Barry
Part I The Crime and its History
2 'Many reasons why': Witchcraft and the problem of multiple explanationRobin Briggs
3 'Witchcraft Studies' in Austria, Germany and SwitzerlandWolfgang Behringer
4 State-building and witch-hunting in early modern EuropeBrian Levack
Part II Witchcraft and Religion
5 The Devil in the Old World and the NewFernando Cervantes
6 'Saints or sorcerers': Quakerism, demonology and the decline of witchcraft in seventeenth-century EnglandPeter Elmer
Part III The Making of a Witch
7 The descendants of Circe: witches and Renaissance fictionsGareth Roberts
8 Witchcraft and fantasy in early modern GermanyLyndal Roper
9 The Devil in East Anglia: the Matthew Hopkins trials reconsideredJim Sharpe
Part IV Witchcraft and the Social Environment
10 Witchcraft in early modern Kent: stereotypes and the background to accusationsMalcolm Gaskill
11 Patriarchal reconstuction and witch-hunting Marianne Hester
Part V Decline
12 Witchcraft repealedIan Bostridge
13 On the continuation of witchcraftWillem de Blecourt

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