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The Witchcraft Reader

3rd Edition

Edited by Darren Oldridge

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The Witchcraft Reader offers a wide range of historical perspectives on the subject of witchcraft in a single, accessible volume, exploring the enduring hold that it has on human imagination.

The witch trials of the late Middle Ages and the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have inspired a huge and expanding scholarly literature, as well as an outpouring of popular representations. This fully revised and enlarged third edition brings together many of the best and most important works in the field. It explores the origins of witchcraft prosecutions in learned and popular culture, fears of an imaginary witch cult, the role of religious division and ideas about the Devil, the gendering of suspects, the making of confessions and the decline of witch beliefs. An expanded final section explores the various "revivals" and images of witchcraft that continue to flourish in contemporary Western culture.

Equipped with an extensive introduction that foregrounds significant debates and themes in the study of witchcraft, providing the extracts with a critical context, The Witchcraft Reader is essential reading for anyone with an interest in this fascinating subject.

Table of Contents

General introduction

PART ONE

Medieval origins

1 Richard Kieckhefer

WITCH TRIALS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE (1976)

2 Norman Cohn

THE DEMONISATION OF MEDIEVAL HERETICS (1975)

3 Michael D. Bailey

WITCHCRAFT AND REFORM IN THE LATE MIDDLE AGES (2003)

4 Hans Peter Broedel

THE MALLEUS MALEFICARUM AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF WITCHCRAFT (2003)

5 Charles Zika

ULRICH MOLITOR AND THE IMAGERY OF WITCHCRAFT (2007)

PART TWO

Witchcraft, magic and fear

6 Robin Briggs

THE EXPERIENCE OF BEWITCHMENT (2002)

7 Euan Cameron

SPIRITS IN POPULAR BELIEF (2010)

8 Joyce Miller

WITCHES AND CHARMERS IN SCOTLAND (2002)

9 Edward Bever

THE MEDICAL EFFECTS OF WITCHCRAFT IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE (2000)

10 Wolfgang Behringer

WEATHER, HUNGER AND FEAR: ORIGINS OF THE EUROPEAN WITCH- HUNTS IN CLIMATE, SOCIETY AND MENTALITY (1995)

PART THREE

The idea of a witch cult

11 Jacqueline Simpson

MARGARET MURRAY’S WITCH CULT (1994)

12 H. C. Erik Midelfort

HEARTLAND OF THE WITCHCRAZE (1981)

13 Gustav Henningsen

FROM DREAM CULT TO WITCHES’ SABBATH (1993)

14 É va P ó cs

THE ALTERNATIVE WORLD OF THE WITCHES’ SABBAT (1993)

15 Stuart Clark

INVERSION, MISRULE AND THE MEANING OF WITCHCRAFT (1980)

PART FOUR

Witchcraft and the Reformation

16 Stuart Clark

PROTESTANT WITCHCRAFT, CATHOLIC WITCHCRAFT (1997)

17 Alison Rowlands

A LUTHERAN RESPONSE TO WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC (1996)

18 Gary K. Waite

ANABAPTISTS AND THE DEVIL (1999)

PART FIVE

Witchcraft and authority

19 Gerhild Scholz Williams

PIERRE DE LANCRE AND THE BASQUE WITCH- HUNT (1999)

20 Brian P. Levack

STATE- BUILDING AND WITCH HUNTING IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE (1996)

21 William Monter

WITCHCRAFT, CONFESSIONALISM AND AUTHORITY (2002)

PART SIX

Witchcraft, possession and the Devil

22 H. C. Erik Midelfort

THE DEVIL AND THE GERMAN PEOPLE (1989)

23 Charlotte- Rose Millar

THE DEVIL AND FAMILIAR SPIRITS IN ENGLISH WITCHCRAFT (2017)

24 Kathleen Sands

THE SOCIAL MEANINGS OF DEMONIC POSSESSION (2004)

25 Sarah Ferber

ECSTASY, POSSESSION, WITCHCRAFT (2004)

26 Elisa Slattery

JOHANN WEYER AND THE DEVIL (1994)

PART SEVEN

Witchcraft and gender

27 Karen Jones and Michael Zell

WOMEN AND WITCHCRAFT BEFORE THE “GREAT WITCH- HUNT” (2005)

28 Jane P. Davidson

THE MYTH OF THE PERSECUTED FEMALE HEALER (1993)

29 Elizabeth Reis

DAMNED WOMEN IN PURITAN NEW ENGLAND (1997)

30 Clive Holmes

WOMEN, WITNESSES AND WITCHES (1993)

31 E. J. Kent

MASCULINITY AND MALE WITCHES IN OLD AND NEW ENGLAND (2005)

PART EIGHT

Reading confessions

32 Virginia Krause

WITCHCRAFT CONFESSIONS AND DEMONOLOGY (2005)

33 Louise Jackson

WITCHES, WIVES AND MOTHERS (1995)

34 Lyndal Roper

OEDIPUS AND THE DEVIL (1994)

PART NINE

The decline of witchcraft 375

35 Brian P. Levack

THE DECLINE OF WITCHCRAFT PROSECUTIONS (1999)

36 Marion Gibson

THE DECLINE OF THE WITCHCRAFT PAMPHLET (1999)

37 Owen Davies

URBANIZATION AND THE DECLINE OF WITCHCRAFT: AN EXAMINATION OF LONDON (1997)

38 Marijke Gijswijt- Hofsra

WITCHCRAFT AFTER THE WITCH TRIALS (1999)

PART TEN

Witchcraft today

39 Diane Purkiss

MODERN WITCHES AND THEIR PAST (1996)

40 Ethan Doyle White

WICCA AS WITCHCRAFT (2016)

41 Jean La Fontaine

WITCHCRAFT AND SATANIC ABUSE (1998)

42 Marion Gibson

HARRY POTTER IN AMERICA (2007)

43 Julian Goodare

MODERN WESTERN IMAGES OF WITCHES (2016)

Index

About the Editor

Darren Oldridge is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Worcester. He has written extensively on religion and belief in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His most recent publications include The Supernatural in Tudor and Stuart England (2016) and Strange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds (2nd edn, 2018).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS010000
HISTORY / Europe / General
HIS037040
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HIS037050
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HIS037090
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century