Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700

Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700

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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2001 The highly-acclaimed first edition of this book chronicled the rise and fall of witchcraft in Europe between the twelfth and the end of the seventeenth centuries. Now greatly expanded, the classic anthology of contemporary texts reexamines the phenomenon of witchcraft, taking into account the remarkable scholarship since the book's publication almost thirty years ago. Spanning the period from 400 to 1700, the second edition of Witchcraft in Europe assembles nearly twice as many primary documents as the first, many newly translated, along with new illustrations that trace the development of witch-beliefs from late Mediterranean antiquity through the Enlightenment. Trial records, inquisitors' reports, eyewitness statements, and witches' confessions, along with striking contemporary illustrations depicting the career of the Devil and his works, testify to the hundreds of years of terror that enslaved an entire continent. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Thomas Hobbes, and other thinkers are quoted at length in order to determine the intellectual, perceptual, and legal processes by which qfolkloreq was transformed into systematic demonology and persecution. Together with explanatory notes, introductory essaysa€”which have been revised to reflect current researcha€”and a new bibliography, the documents gathered in Witchcraft in Europe vividly illumine the dark side of the European mind.... did his sense of urgent alarm concerning women and sorcery, which he probably acquired on his preaching iourneys throughout northern ... FURTHER READING: Bernadette Paton, aquot; a#39;To the Fire, To the Fire) Let Us Burn a Little Incense to Goda#39;: Bernardino, Preaching Friars ... See Richard Kieckhefer, Forbidden Rites: A Necromancera#39;s Manual of the Fifteenth Century (Univcrsity Park, 1998), 32-34, withanbsp;...

Title:Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700
Author:Alan Charles Kors, Edward Peters
Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press - 2001


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