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Witchcraft in the Middle Ages

Jeffrey Burton Russell

Witchcraft in the Middle Ages

Jeffrey Burton Russell

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Traces the origin, development and practice of medieval witchcraft throughout western Europe, and describes the movement's social and religious significance.

- Publisher All the known theories and incidents of witchcraft in Western Europe from the fifth to the fifteenth century are brilliantly set forth in this engaging and comprehensive history.Building on a foundation of newly discovered primary sources and recent secondary interpretations, Professor Russell first establishes the facts and then explains the phenomenon of witchcraft in terms of its social and religious environment, particularly in relation to medieval heresies. He treats European witchcraft as a product of Christianity, grounded in heresy more than in the magic and sorcery that have existed in other societies. Skillfully blending narration with analysis, he shows how social and religious changes nourished the spread of witchcraft until large portions of medieval Europe were in its grip-"from the most illiterate peasant to the most skilled philosopher or scientist."A significant chapter in the history of ideas and their repression is illuminated by this book. Our growing fascination with the occult gives the author's affirmation that witchcraft arises at times and in areas afflicted with social tensions a special quality of immediacy.

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Traces the origin, development and practice of medieval witchcraft throughout western Europe, and describes the movement's social and religious significance.
- Publisher

All the known theories and incidents of witchcraft in Western Europe from the fifth to the fifteenth century are brilliantly set forth in this engaging and comprehensive history.Building on a foundation of newly discovered primary sources and recent secondary interpretations, Professor Russell first establishes the facts and then explains the phenomenon of witchcraft in terms of its social and religious environment, particularly in relation to medieval heresies. He treats European witchcraft as a product of Christianity, grounded in heresy more than in the magic and sorcery that have existed in other societies. Skillfully blending narration with analysis, he shows how social and religious changes nourished the spread of witchcraft until large portions of medieval Europe were in its grip-"from the most illiterate peasant to the most skilled philosopher or scientist."A significant chapter in the history of ideas and their repression is illuminated by this book. Our growing fascination with the occult gives the author's affirmation that witchcraft arises at times and in areas afflicted with social tensions a special quality of immediacy.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Burton Russell

Jeffrey Burton Russell (Ph.D., Emory University) was a histoJeffrey Burton Russell (Ph.D., Emory University) was a history professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara ry professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1979-1998 where he is now a professor of history, emerifrom 1979-1998 where he is now a professor of history, emeritus. He also taught at the University of Mexico, Harvard, Untus. He also taught at the University of Mexico, Harvard, University of California in Riverside, Notre Dame, and Califoriversity of California in Riverside, Notre Dame, and CaliforC

Table Of Contents

  • 1. The Meaning Of Witchcraft 2. Witchcraft In History 3. The Transformation Of Paganism, 300-700 4. Popular Witchcraft And Heresy, 700-1140 5. Demonology, Catharism, And Witchcraft, 1140-1230 6. Antinomianism, Scholasticism, And The Inquisition, 1230-1300 7. Witchcraft And Rebellion In Medieval Society, 1300-1360 8. The Beginning Of The Witch Craze, 1360-1427 9. The Classical Formulation Of The Witch Phenomenon, 1427-1486 10. Witchcraft And The Medieval Mind Appendix: The Canon Episcopi And Its Variations Notes Abbreviations Bibliography Theorists Of Witchcraft, 1430-1486 Books And Articles Index

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  • Catalogue Code 171621
  • Product Code 0801492890
  • EAN 9780801492891
  • Pages 394
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cornell University Press
  • Publication Date Aug 1984
  • Dimensions 223 x 151 x 26 mm
  • Weight 0.539kg

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