Witchcraft in Early Modern England is a fascinating introduction to the history of witches and witchcraft. This book charts the witch panics of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the legal persecution of witches that followed and explores the modern historiographical debate. This new edition includes a discussion on whether there were regional differences in the treatment and numbers of witches in England and brings the debate right up-to-date on themes such as gender and decline, as well as placing English witchcraft in a European context. Supported by a range of compelling primary documents, this book is essential reading for all students of the history of witchcraft.
PART ONE: WITCHCRAFT IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND1. Introduction 2. Elite perspectives on witchcraft: demonology, the law and educated culture 3. Witch trials, witchcraft accusations and the problem of community 4. Witch beliefs: the broader spectrum 5. The decline of witchcraft PART TWO: ASSESSMENT 6. Summing up PART THREE: DOCUMENTS Bibliography Index
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