A Trial of Witches

A Seventeenth Century Witchcraft Prosecution

Author: Ivan Bunn,Gilbert Geis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134696329

Category: History

Page: 304

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In 1662, Amy Denny and Rose Cullender were accused of witchcraft, and, in one of the most important of such cases in England, stood trial and were hanged in Bury St Edmunds. A Trial of Witches is a complete account of this sensational trial and an analysis of the court procedures, and the larger social, cultural and political concerns of the period. In a critique of the official process, the book details how the erroneous conclusions of the trial were achieved. The authors consider the key participants in the case, including the judge and medical witness, their institutional importance, their part in the fate of the women and their future careers. Through detailed research of primary sources, the authors explore the important implications of this case for the understanding of hysteria, group mentality, social forces and the witchcraft phenomenon as a whole.
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The trials of the Lancashire Witches

a study of seventeenth-century witchcraft

Author: Edgar Peel,Pat Southern

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

View: 5442

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Beyond the Witch Trials

Witchcraft and Magic in Enlightenment Europe

Author: Owen Davies,Willem De Blécourt

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719066603

Category: History

Page: 211

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Beyond the witch trials provides an important collection of essays on the nature of witchcraft and magic in European society during the Enlightenment. The book is innovative not only because it pushes forward the study of witchcraft into the eighteenth century, but because it provides the reader with a challenging variety of different approaches and sources of information. The essays, which cover England, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Scotland, Finland and Sweden, examine the experience of and attitudes towards witchcraft from both above and below. While they demonstrate the continued widespread fear of witches amongst the masses, they also provide a corrective to the notion that intellectual society lost interest in the question of witchcraft. While witchcraft prosecutions were comparatively rare by the mid-eighteenth century, the intellectual debate did no disappear; it either became more private or refocused on such issues as possession. The contributors come from different academic disciplines, and by borrowing from literary theory, archaeology and folklore they move beyond the usual historical perspectives and sources. They emphasise the importance of studying such themes as the aftermath of witch trials, the continued role of cunning-folk in society, and the nature of the witchcraft discourse in different social contexts. This book will be essential reading for those interested in the decline of the European witch trials and the continued importance of witchcraft and magic during the Enlightenment. More generally it will appeal to those with a lively interest in the cultural history of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This is the first of a two-volume set of books looking at the phenomenon of witchcraft, magic and the occult in Europe since the seventeenth century.
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The Witchcraft Sourcebook

Second Edition

Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317503570

Category: History

Page: 390

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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 in Europe and colonial America. During these years the prominent stereotype of the witch as an evil magician and servant of Satan emerged. Catholics and Protestants alike feared that the Devil and his human confederates were destroying Christian society. Including trial records, demonological treatises and sermons, literary texts, narratives of demonic possession, and artistic depiction of witches, the documents reveal how contemporaries from various periods have perceived alleged witches and their activities. Brian P. Levack shows how notions of witchcraft have changed over time and considers the connection between gender and witchcraft and the nature of the witch's perceived power. This second edition includes an extended section on the witch trials in England, Scotland and New England, fully revised and updated introductions to the sources to include the latest scholarship and a short bibliography at the end of each introduction to guide students in their further reading. The Sourcebook provides students of the history of witchcraft with a broad range of sources, many of which have been translated into English for the first time, with commentary and background by one of the leading scholars in the field.
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Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials

Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials

Author: Brian A. Pavlac

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 031334874X

Category: History

Page: 228

View: 2017

This comprehensive resource explores the intersection of religion, politics, and the supernatural that spawned the notorious witch hunts in Europe and the New World. Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials traces the evolution of western attitudes towards magic, demons, and religious nonconformity from the Roman Empire through the Age of Enlightenment, placing these chilling events into a wider social and historical context. Witch hunts are discussed in eight narrative chapters by region, highlighting the cultural differences of the people who incited them as well as the key reforms, social upheavals, and intellectual debates that shaped European thought. Vivid accounts of trials and excerpts from the writings of both witch hunters and defenders throughout the Holy Roman Empire, France, the British Isles and colonies, Southern Europe, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe bring to life one of the most intriguing and shocking periods in Western history. This in-depth and comprehensive resource explores the intersection of religion, politics, and the supernatural that spawned the notorious witch hunts in Europe and the New World. Witch Hunts in the Western World traces the evolution of western attitudes towards magic, demons, and religious nonconformity from the Roman Empire through the Age of Enlightenment, placing these chilling events into a wider social and historical context. Witch hunts are discussed in fascinating detail by region, highlighting the cultural differences of the people who incited them as well as the key reforms, social upheavals, and intellectual debates that shaped European thought. Vivid accounts of trials and excerpts from the writings of both witch hunters and defenders throughout the Holy Roman Empire, France, the British Isles and colonies, Southern Europe, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe bring to life one of the most intriguing and shocking periods in Western history. Accessible narrative chapters make this a fascinating volume for general readers while offering a wealth of historic information for students and scholars. Features include a complete glossary of terms, timeline of major events, recommended reading selections, index, and black and white illustrations.
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Der Hexenhammer

Author: Jakob Sprenger,Heinrich Institoris,J. W. R. Schmidt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783826208089

Category: Criminal law

Page: 783

View: 1231

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Hexen, Hebammen und Krankenschwestern

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich,Deirdre English

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783881040310

Category: Hexe

Page: 116

View: 1263

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Witchcraft and Magic in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe

Author: Geoffrey Scarre,John Callow

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137243341

Category: History

Page: 112

View: 9605

The figure of the witch still has the ability to exert a powerful fascination on the modern mind. The vision of the elderly crone begging for charity at the crossroads, an object of fear and revulsion for her local community, has combined with the memory of prolonged judicial persecution and oppression to inspire contemporary movements as far removed from each other as Wiccans and women's liberation. In tackling such an emotive issue, where misogyny and violence combine with superstition and the basest of human instincts, Scarre and Callow chart a clear and refreshingly level-headed approach to the subject. Distinguishing between fact and fiction, they set the witch trials firnly back within the context of their own times and, without seeking to exonerate those responsible, demonstrate how it was possible for judiciaries and social elites to believe wholeheartedly in the reality and efficacy of witchcraft as a valid system of belief and as a dangerous threat to the fabric of society in which they lived. This new edition has been comprehensively updated to take account of the vast expansion in interest and scholarly research that has taken place in the field since the publication of the first edition. This work provides a provocative thesis for those seeking to understand the basis for the politics of persecution and a firm interpretative basis around which further exploratory research may be conducted.
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Die Henkerstochter / Die Henkerstochter und der schwarze Mönch

Zwei historische Romane in einem E-Book

Author: Oliver Pötzsch

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843714819

Category: Fiction

Page: 1038

View: 6624

Die beiden ersten historischen Romane der Reihe in einem E-Book Bundle! Band 1. Die Henkerstochter Kurz nach dem Dreißigjährigen Krieg wird in der bayerischen Stadt Schongau ein sterbender Junge aus dem Lech gezogen. Eine Tätowierung deutet auf Hexenwerk hin und sofort beschuldigen die Schongauer die Hebamme des Ortes. Der Henker Jakob Kuisl soll ihr unter Folter ein Geständnis entlocken, doch er ist überzeugt: die alte Frau ist unschuldig. Unterstützt von seiner Tochter Magdalena und dem jungen Stadtmedicus macht er sich auf die Suche nach dem Täter. Band 2. Die Henkerstochter und der schwarze Mönch Schongau 1660: Der Pfarrer der Lorenzkirche wurde vergiftet. Mit letzter Kraft konnte er noch ein Zeichen geben, das zu einem uralten Templergrab in der Krypta führt. Dort entdecken der Henker Jakob Kuisl, seine Tochter Magdalena und der Medicus Simon rätselhafte Hinweise auf einen Templerschatz. Der Mörder des Pfarrers ist dem Geheimnis längst auf der Spur, aber auch eine brutale Räuberbande hat davon erfahren. Ein gnadenloser Wettlauf beginnt.
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Crimes Of The Century

From Leopold and Loeb to O.J. Simpson

Author: Gilbert Geis,Leigh B. Bienen

Publisher: Northeastern University Press

ISBN: 1555538681

Category: Law

Page: 288

View: 2107

In compelling narrative, the authors probe the sensational cases of Nathan F. Leopold, Jr., and Richard A. Loeb, the Scottsboro "boys," Bruno Richard Hauptmann, Alger Hiss, and O.J. Simpson, highlighting significant lessons about criminal behavior and the administration of criminal justice. Each case study details the crime, the police investigation, and the court proceedings, profiles the major players, and examines the outcome and aftermath of the trial. The authors untangle the perplexities surrounding the cases and illuminate the many mysteries that remain unsolved today. These celebrated trials reveal issues of overzealous prosecution, sloppy police work, judicial bias, race, class, and ethnic struggles, and the role of wealth in securing a competent defense. They also show how the temper of the times and frenzied media coverage heightened the intensity of drama in the cases.
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Hexenjagd

ein Drama in 2 Akten

Author: Arthur Miller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783596271085

Category:

Page: 119

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The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191648841

Category: History

Page: 646

View: 6864

The essays in this Handbook, written by leading scholars working in the rapidly developing field of witchcraft studies, explore the historical literature regarding witch beliefs and witch trials in Europe and colonial America between the early fifteenth and early eighteenth centuries. During these years witches were thought to be evil people who used magical power to inflict physical harm or misfortune on their neighbours. Witches were also believed to have made pacts with the devil and sometimes to have worshipped him at nocturnal assemblies known as sabbaths. These beliefs provided the basis for defining witchcraft as a secular and ecclesiastical crime and prosecuting tens of thousands of women and men for this offence. The trials resulted in as many as fifty thousand executions. These essays study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas. They also relate these prosecutions to the Catholic and Protestant reformations, the introduction of new forms of criminal procedure, medical and scientific thought, the process of state-building, profound social and economic change, early modern patterns of gender relations, and the wave of demonic possessions that occurred in Europe at the same time. The essays survey the current state of knowledge in the field, explore the academic controversies that have arisen regarding witch beliefs and witch trials, propose new ways of studying the subject, and identify areas for future research.
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Cautio criminalis

Author: Friedrich von Spee

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Criminal law

Page: 301

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Witchcraft in Early Modern England

Author: Jim Sharpe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131788129X

Category: History

Page: 184

View: 419

With the renewed interest in the history of witches and witchcraft, this timely book provides an introduction to this fascinating topic, informed by the main trends of new thinking on the subject. Beginning with a discussion of witchcraft in the early modern period, and charting the witch panics that took place at this time, the author goes on to look at the historical debate surrounding the causes of the legal persecution of witches. Contemporary views of witchcraft put forward by judges, theological writers and the medical profession are examined, as is the place of witchcraft in the popular imagination. Jim Sharpe also looks at the gender dimensions of the witch persecution, and the treatment of witchcraft in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. Supported by a range of compelling documents, the book concludes with an exploration of why witch panics declined in the late seventeenth century and early eighteenth century.
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The Path of the Devil

Early Modern Witch Hunts

Author: Gary F. Jensen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742546974

Category: History

Page: 283

View: 8474

Combining diverse sociological and philosophical theories, this title offers a comparative analysis of the witch hunts of the early modern era. It contains an analyses of the role of apocalyptic crises such as plague, war and other hardship.
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The Witchcraft Reader

Author: Darren Oldridge

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415214926

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 6220

The excellent reader offers a selection of the best historical writing on witchcraft, exploring how belief in witchcraft began, and the social and context in which this belief flourished.
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Das Hexenbuch von Salem

Roman

Author: Katherine Howe

Publisher: Page und Turner

ISBN: 3641028353

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 8219

Sie trennen Jahrhunderte – aber ein magisches Erbe verbindet sie Connie Goodwin ist eine hervorragende Studentin der Harvard Universität und schreibt gerade an ihrer Doktorarbeit über Sitten und Gebräuche im Amerika des 17. Jahrhunderts. Ihr Spezialgebiet sind die Hexenverfolgungen in Salem. Als Connies Mutter Grace sie eines Tages bittet, das halbverfallene Haus der Großmutter in Marblehead, Massachusetts, in Ordnung zu bringen, ist Connie wenig begeistert. Mit gemischten Gefühlen reist sie in das Küstenstädtchen, das nicht weit von Salem entfernt liegt. Immerhin hofft Connie, in den alten Kirchenregistern von Salem etwas über die Hexenprozesse zu finden, und ist froh, dass ihr der gutaussehende Restaurator Sam, den sie in der Kirche antrifft, bei den Recherchen helfen möchte. Kurz darauf entdeckt Connie im verwunschenen Haus der Großmutter ein vergilbtes Pergament, das sie auf die Spur eines alten Buches mit sonderbaren Formeln und Rezepten bringt. Als sie ihrer Mutter von dem Folianten erzählt, ist diese nicht überrascht: Grace weiß von dem Buch, das lange im Familienbesitz war, und warnt ihre Tochter, sich damit zu beschäftigen. Gemeinsam mit Sam kommt Connie schließlich einem gefährlichen Familiengeheimnis auf die Spur – und entdeckt plötzlich seltsame Fähigkeiten an sich selbst ... Ein großer Frauenroman, der im heutigen Neuengland und im 17. Jahrhundert spielt.
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Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700

A Documentary History

Author: Alan Kors,Alan Charles Kors,Professor of History Alan Charles Kors,Edward Peters

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812217513

Category: History

Page: 451

View: 1745

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.
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The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe

Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317875605

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 2063

Between 1450 and 1750 thousands of people – most of them women – were accused, prosecuted and executed for the crime of witchcraft. The witch-hunt was not a single event; it comprised thousands of individual prosecutions, each shaped by the religious and social dimensions of the particular area as well as political and legal factors. Brian Levack sorts through the proliferation of theories to provide a coherent introduction to the subject, as well as contributing to the scholarly debate. The book: Examines why witchcraft prosecutions took place, how many trials and victims there were, and why witch-hunting eventually came to an end. Explores the beliefs of both educated and illiterate people regarding witchcraft. Uses regional and local studies to give a more detailed analysis of the chronological and geographical distribution of witch-trials. Emphasises the legal context of witchcraft prosecutions. Illuminates the social, economic and political history of early modern Europe, and in particular the position of women within it. In this fully updated third edition of his exceptional study, Levack incorporates the vast amount of literature that has emerged since the last edition. He substantially extends his consideration of the decline of the witch-hunt and goes further in his exploration of witch-hunting after the trials, especially in contemporary Africa. New illustrations vividly depict beliefs about witchcraft in early modern Europe.
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Hexen und Hexenverfolgung

Eine kurze Kulturgeschichte

Author: Malcolm Gaskill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783150108505

Category:

Page: 214

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