Witchcraft and the Act of 1604
- edited by John Newton and Jo Bath.
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008.
- Physical description
- xi, 248 p. ; 25 cm.
- Studies in medieval and Reformation traditions v. 131.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
The essays in this volume examine the relationship of the Jacobean Witchcraft Act to the culture and society of seventeenth-century England. The book explores the potential influence of King James' works and person on the framing of the Act, including the relationship of Shakespeare's "MacBeth" to these events, as well as the impact of the Darrell controversy on the shaping of witchcraft beliefs before the Act. It also asseses the impact of the legislation on society in various parts of the country, as well as examining how drama reflected the ideas found in the legislation. It concludes by looking at the reasons for its repeal in 1736. This work provides new interpretations of the influence and application of the 1604 Witchcraft Act by some of the world's leading scholars of witchcraft. The contributors include: Jonathan Barry, Jo Bath, Roy Booth, Chris Brooks, Owen Davies, Malcolm Gaskill, Marion Gibson, Clive Holmes, P. G. Maxwell-Stuart, John Newton, and Tom Webster.
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- Publication date
- Studies in medieval and Reformation traditions ; v. 131
- Based on a conference held in Mar. 2004 at St. John's College, Durham.
- 9789004165281 (hbk. : alk. paper)
- 9004165282 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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