This book approaches witchcraft and demonology through literary records. The works discussed deal with the contemporary theories propounded by those who sought either to justify, or to refute persecution. Eight contributors of differing interests,a nd with different approaches to their subject, examine a selection of important, representative witchcraft texts – published in England, France, Germany, Italy and America – setting them within their intellectual context and analysing both their style and argument.
Table of Contents
1. Evident Authority and Authoritative Evidence: The Malleus Maleficarum. Sydney Anglo 2. Witchcraft and Magic In Renaissance Italy: Gianfranceco Pico and his Strix Peter Burke 3. Johann Weyer’s De Praestigiis Daemonum: Unsystematic Psychopathology Christopher Baxter 4. Jean Bodin’s De la Démonomanie des Sorciers: The Logic of Persecution Christopher Baxter 5. Reginald Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft: Scepticism and Sadduceeism Sydney Anglo 6. A Tudor Anthropologist: George Gifford’s Discourse and Dialogue Alan MacFarlane 7. King James’s Daemonlogie: Witchcraft and Kingship Stuart Clark 8. Pierre De Lancre’s Tableau de l’Inconstance des Mauvais Anges et Demons: The Sabbat Sensationalised Margaret M McGowan 9. Cotton Mather’s Wonders of the Invisible World: Some Metamorphoses of Salem Witchcraft M. Wynn Thomas 10. Two Late Scottish Witchcraft Tracts: Witch-Craft Proven and The Tryal of Witchcraft Christina Larner Epilogue: The Desiderata of Disbelief Sydney Anglo