Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe: Studies in Culture and Belief

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Jonathan Barry, Marianne Hester, Gareth Roberts
Cambridge University Press, Mar 12, 1998 - History - 368 pages
This important collection of essays brings together both established figures and new researchers to offer fresh perspectives on the ever controversial subject of the history of witchcraft. Using Keith Thomas's Religion and the Decline of Magic as a starting point, the contributors explore the changes of the last twenty-five years in the understanding of early modern witchcraft, and suggest new approaches, especially concerning the cultural dimensions of the subject. Witchcraft cases must be understood as power struggles, over gender and ideology as well as social relationships, with a crucial role played by alternative representations. Witchcraft was always a contested idea, never fully established in early modern culture but much harder to dislodge than has usually been assumed. The essays are European in scope, with examples from Germany, France and the Spanish expansion into the New World, as well as a strong core of English material.
 

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Contents

witchcraft and the problem
49
Witchcraft studies in Austria Germany and Switzerland
64
Statebuilding and witch hunting in early modern Europe
96
The devils encounter with America
119
Quakerism demonology and
145
witches and Renaissance fictions
183
Witchcraft and fantasy in early modern Germany
207
the Matthew Hopkins trials
237
stereotypes and
257
Patriarchal reconstruction and witch hunting
288
Witchcraft repealed
309
On the continuation of witchcraft
335
Index
353
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