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427 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
  • Preface
  • Death on Shrove Tuesday
  • The autopsy
  • A confusing and suspicious affair
  • Warding off evil
  • A secret crime?
  • The outsider
  • Sorcery at the mill
  • Wider conspiracies
  • Satan in the heart
  • A daughter's betrayal
  • A mother's revenge
  • Corpus deliciti
  • A question of poison
  • Impasse
  • Politics
  • A vengeful heart
  • Poor sinners
  • Ruin
  • Stories.
On the night of Shrove Tuesday in 1672 a young mother died after eating one of her neighbour's cakes. Drawing on court documents, eyewitness accounts and an early autopsy report, Thomas Robisheaux brings the story to life. Exploring one of Europe's last witch panics, he shows how ordinary events became diabolical ones. In so doing he portrays a world caught between superstition and modernity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780393065510 20160528
Green Library
xv, 344 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Introduction 2. The intellectual foundations 3. The legal foundations 4. The impact of the Reformation 5. The social context 6. The dynamics of witch-hunting 7. The chronology and geography of witch-hunting 8. The decline and end of witch-hunting 9. Witch-hunting after the trials.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780582419018 20160528
Fearlessly, Brian Levack tackles a vast, complex subject and reduces it to a concise and lucid synthesis with consummate skill, challenging old assumptions and casting light into the darkest corners. This, the revised third edition, offers student and expert alike immediate access to an overwhelming secondary literature, establishing it as the essential starting point for the study of early modern witch-beliefs and witchcraft trials. Dr Malcolm Gaskill, Universityof Cambridge "Now, at last, with Brian Levack's careful, scholarly and critical survey, a thoroughly reliable introduction to the whole literature is available. Levack appears to have read every significant work, both new and old and in most relevant languages, and has judiciously sifted out the information, pondered on it, and come up with balanced and sensible verdicts." Henry Kamen, History Today "Levack's logical sorting of a prodigious amount of material has resulted in one of the most informative and comprehensive works of its genre." Hans Sebald, American Historical Review An enthralling and exceptional study, Levack focuses on the great age of witch-hunting in Europe(and also in colonial America), between 1450 and 1750. He discusses how in these years more than 100,000 people - most of them women - were prosecuted for allegedly practising harmful magic and worshipping the Devil. He sets out to answer who the accused and accusers were but most importantly Why, after more than 200 years of vigorous activity, did the trials eventually dwindle away?
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780582419018 20160528
Green Library
xiv, 451 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2001 The highly-acclaimed first edition of this book chronicled the rise and fall of witchcraft in Europe between the twelfth and the end of the seventeenth centuries. Now greatly expanded, the classic anthology of contemporary texts reexamines the phenomenon of witchcraft, taking into account the remarkable scholarship since the book's publication almost thirty years ago. Spanning the period from 400 to 1700, the second edition of Witchcraft in Europe assembles nearly twice as many primary documents as the first, many newly translated, along with new illustrations that trace the development of witch-beliefs from late Mediterranean antiquity through the Enlightenment. Trial records, inquisitors' reports, eyewitness statements, and witches' confessions, along with striking contemporary illustrations depicting the career of the Devil and his works, testify to the hundreds of years of terror that enslaved an entire continent. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Thomas Hobbes, and other thinkers are quoted at length in order to determine the intellectual, perceptual, and legal processes by which "folklore" was transformed into systematic demonology and persecution. Together with explanatory notes, introductory essays-which have been revised to reflect current research-and a new bibliography, the documents gathered in Witchcraft in Europe vividly illumine the dark side of the European mind.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780812217513 20160528
Green Library
xxii, 209 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library