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Witchcraft in Early Modern England

2nd Edition

By Jim Sharpe


184 pages

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Paperback: 9781138831162
pub: 2019-01-01
Hardback: 9781138831155
pub: 2019-01-01

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

James Sharpe is Professor of history at the University of York, UK. His previous publications include Dick Turpin: The Myth of the English Highwayman (2004), Crime in Early Modern England 1550 – 1750 (1998) and Instruments of Darkness: Witchcraft in England 1550 - 1750 (1997).

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century
HISTORY / Social History