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Witchcraft

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  • A History of Witchcraft in Englandby Wallace Notestein

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99 US$ 3.47

    Many historical treatments of witchcraft tend to be somewhat sensationalistic and cartoonish. Not so with Wallace Notestein's measured, intellectual take on the subject in A History of Witchcraft in England, which offers not only a thorough historical narrative, but also puts the practice into social and political context. more...

  • The Superstitions of Witchcraftby Howard Williams

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 4.99 US$ 4.34

    This 1865 volume offers a surprisingly sympathetic view of witchcraft, tracing its roots through several thousand years and pointing out similarities and parallels with the major world religions. Though dense and scholarly at times, The Superstitions of Witchcraft is a rewarding read for those with an interest in the history of the practice. more...

  • Irish Witchcraft and Demonologyby St. John D. Seymour

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 4.99 US$ 4.34

    Delve into the dark and mysterious practice of witchcraft throughout Irish history. Spanning centuries of practice from ancient Gaelic times to the turn of the twentieth century, this comprehensive look at pagan and ancient forms of sorcery and spellcraft in and around Ireland will capture and hold readers' interest. more...

  • Death in Salemby Diane Foulds

    Globe Pequot Press 2013; US$ 13.99

     During the 1692 witch trials, more than 150 people were arrested. An estimated 25 million Americans?including author Diane Foulds?are descended from the twenty individuals executed. What happened to our ancestors? Death in Salem is the first book to take a clear-eyed look at this complex time, by examining the lives of the witch trial participants... more...

  • The Witchcraft Sourcebookby Brian P. Levack

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 50.95

    The Witchcraft Sourcebook , now in its second edition, is a fascinating collection of documents that illustrates the development of ideas about witchcraft from ancient times to the eighteenth century. Many of the sources come from the period between 1400 and 1750, when more than 100,000 people - most of them women - were prosecuted for witchcraft... more...

  • The Witch in Historyby Diane Purkiss

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 45.95

    'Diane Purkiss ... insists on taking witches seriously. Her refusal to write witch-believers off as unenlightened has produced some richly intelligent meditations on their -- and our -- world.' - The Observer 'An invigorating and challenging book ... sets many hares running.' - The Times Higher Education Supplement more...

  • Reading Witchcraftby Marion Gibson

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 43.95

    In this original study of witchcraft, Gibson explores the stories told by and about witches and their 'victims' through trial records, early news books, pamphlets and fascinating personal accounts. The author discusses the issues surrounding the interpretation of original historical sources and demonstrates that their representations of witchcraft... more...

  • Witchcraft and belief in Early Modern Scotlandby Dr Julian Goodare; Dr Lauren Martin; Dr Joyce Miller

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 110.00

    This pioneering collection concentrates on witchcraft beliefs rather than witch-hunting. It ranges widely across areas of popular belief, culture and ritual practice, as well as dealing with intellectual life and incorporating regional and comparative elements. more...

  • The Specter of Salemby Gretchen A. Adams

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 20.00

    In The Specter of Salem , Gretchen A. Adams reveals the many ways that the Salem witch trials loomed over the American collective memory from the Revolution to the Civil War and beyond. Schoolbooks in the 1790s, for example, evoked the episode to demonstrate the new nation?s progress from a disorderly and brutal past to a rational present, while ... more...

  • The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europeby Dr Edward Bever

    Palgrave Macmillan 2008; US$ 34.00

    Exploring the elements of reality in early modern witchcraft and popular magic, through a combination of detailed archival research and broad-ranging interdisciplinary analyses, this book complements and challenges existing scholarship, and offers unique insights into this murky aspect of early modern history. more...