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.
- Introduction : Witchcraft; Witch codes; Witch act / John Newton
- King James's experience of witches, and the 1604 english witchcraft act / P.G. Maxwell-Stuart
- Standing within the prospect of belief : Macbeth, King James and witchcraft / Roy Booth
- Witchcraft and possession at the accession of James I : the publication of Samuel Harsnett's Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures / Clive Holmes
- (Re)possession of dispossession : John Darrell and diabolical discourse / Ton Webster
- Applying the Act of 1604 : witches in Essex, Northamptonshire and Lancashire / Marion Gibson
- The treatment of potential witches in North-East England, c. 1649-1680 / Jo Bath
- Witchcraft and stage spectacle : spectacular witches after 1604 / Chris Brooks
- Witchcraft, emotion and imagination in the English Civil War / Malcolm Gaskill
- The politics of Pandaemonian / Jonathan Barry
- Decriminalising the witch : the origin of and response to the 1736 Witchcraft Act / Owen Davies.
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, 1573-4188 ; v. 131
- Based on a conference held in Mar. 2004 at St. John's College, Durham.
- 9789004165281 (hbk. : alk. paper)
- 9004165282 (hardback : alk. paper)
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