Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Period of the Witch Trials
The 15th to the 18th centuries saw a period of witchcraft prosecutions throughout Europe and modern scholars have devoted a huge amount of research to these episodes. This volume brings this work together by summarising the history of the period...
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The 15th to the 18th centuries saw a period of witchcraft prosecutions throughout Europe and modern scholars have devoted a huge amount of research to these episodes. This volume brings this work together by summarising the history of the period in a new way - according to the types of legal systems involved.;Other topics covered are the continued practical use made of magic, the elaboration of demonological theories about witchcraft and magic, and the further development of scientific interests in natural magic through the Neoplatonic and Hermetic period.;Amongst the topics included here are* superstition and belief in high and popular culture; the place of medicine; witchcraft survivals in art and literature; and the survival of persecution.
This series looks at the history of witchcraft and magic in Europe from the earliest times to the present day. This volume looks at the period of the witch trials.
Herman Roodenburg is Head of the Department of Ethnology at the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, and Professor of Cultural History at the Catholic University of Leuven. His publications in English include, as a co-editor with Jan Bremmer, A Cultural History of Humour (1996), and The Eloquence of the Body: Studies on Gesture in the Dutch Republic (2004),
Stuart Clark was born in England in Ashford, Middlesex. He has been writing in one shape or form for most of his adult life, whether it be for college newspapers or technical manuals. He emigrated to the United States in 2005 and now lives with his wife and daughter in New York. Stuart holds a BSc in Microbiology and an MSc in Science Communication.