1st Edition

Witchcraft in Continental Europe New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology

Edited By Brian P. Levack Copyright 2002

    Witchcraft and magical beliefs have captivated historians and artists for millennia, and stimulated an extraordinary amount of research among scholars in a wide range of disciplines. This new collection, from the editor of the highly acclaimed 1992 set, Articles on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology , extends the earlier volumes by bringing together the most important articles of the past twenty years and covering the profound changes in scholarly perspective over the past two decades. Featuring thematically organized papers from a broad spectrum of publications, the volumes in this set encompass the key issues and approaches to witchcraft research in fields such as gender studies, anthropology, sociology, literature, history, psychology, and law. This new collection provides students and researchers with an invaluable resource, comprising the most important and influential discussions on this topic. A useful introductory essay written by the editor precedes each volume.

    Chapter 1 Satan in Europe: The Geography of Witch Hunts, Richard M. Golden; Chapter 2 II Sweden: The Mass Burnings (1668–1676), Bengt Ankarloo; Chapter 3 “Envious Are All the People, Witches Watch at Every Gate”, Marko Nenonen; Chapter 4 THE MAKING OF A WITCH: THE GUILTY TRIANGLE—AS ILLUSTRATED IN THE CASE AGAINST ELLINE KLOKKERS OF GJERPEN, Thor Hall, Herbert W. L. Burhenn; Chapter 5 THE KIRKJUBÓL AFFAIR: A SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ICELANDIC WITCHCRAFT CASE ANALYSED; Chapter 6 Witchcraft in the Northern Netherlands, Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra; Chapter 7 The European witchcraft debate and the Dutch variant, Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra; Chapter 8 9 Witch-hunting in Hungary: Social or Cultural Tensions?; Chapter 9 Introduction; Chapter 10 “WISE WOMEN”, SINNERS AND THE POOR: THE SOCIAL BACKGROUND OF WITCH-HUNTING IN A 16TH–18TH CENTURY CALVINIST CITY OF EASTERN HUNGARY, Ildikó Kristóf; Chapter 11 Witchcraft in the Central Balkans I: Characteristics of Witches, T. P. Vukanovi?; Chapter 12 THE ROLE OF THE EPISCOPAL TRIBUNAL OF NOVARA IN THE SUPPRESSION OF HERESY AND WITCHCRAFT, 1563–1615, Thomas Deutscher; Chapter 13 EIGHT The Jew as Witch: Displaced Aggression and the Myth of the Santo Nino de La Guardia, Stephen Haliczer; Chapter 14 The Visions of a Guachichil Witch in 1599: A Window on the Subjugation of Mexico's Hunter-Gatherers, Ruth Behar; Chapter 15 7 The Origins of the Witch-craze in the Alps; Chapter 16 A Quantitative Evaluation of Demographic, Gender and Social Transformation Theories of the Rise of European Witch Hunting 1300–1500, Philip Smith; Chapter 17 ARTICLES Weather, Hunger and Fear: Origins of the European Witch-Hunts in Climate, Society and Mentality, Wolfgang Behringer; Chapter 18 REVIEW AND COMMENTARY, J.A. Sharpe; Chapter 19 4. State-building and witch hunting in early modern Europe, Brian P. Levack; Chapter 20 The devil's children: child witch-trials in early modern Germany, Robert S. Walinski-Kiehl; Chapter 21 ‘EVIL IMAGININGS AND FANTASIES’: CHILD-WITCHES AND THE END OF THE WITCH CRAZE; Chapter 22 The Persecution of Witches as Restoration of Order: The Case of Germany, 1590S–1650S, Hartmut Lehmann; Chapter 23 ‘GODLY STATES’, CONFESSIONAL CONFLICT AND WITCH-HUNTING IN EARLY MODERN GERMANY, Robert Walinski-Kiehl; Acknowledgments;


    Brian P. Levack is John Green Regents Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A former Guggenheim Fellow, his other writings on witchcraft include Articles on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology (1992), The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (1995), and Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1999). Dr. Levack is also a specialist in the history of early modern England and Scotland, and has written several books on the subject.