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    Witchcraft and Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe (Studies in European History) (Paperback) By (author) Geoffrey Scarre, Revised by John Callow, By (author) John Callow

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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    Witchcraft and Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Geoffrey Scarre, Revised by John Callow, By (author) John Callow
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 112
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780333920824
    ISBN 10: 0333920821
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBLH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JB, 3JD
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
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    BIC subject category V2: HRQX5
    BISAC V2.8: OCC028000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JD, 1D, 3JB
    DC21: 133.4309409031
    Thema V1.0: QRYX5, NHD
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    tables, references, notes, index, bibliog
    Publisher
    Palgrave MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Palgrave MacMillan
    Publication date
    29 June 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Basingstoke
    Author Information
    GEOFFREY SCARRE is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Durham. JOHN CALLOW is Lecturer in History at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
    Review quote
    'The best short and cheap overview of the subject on the market.' - Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements Note on References List of Tables Editor's Preface Witchcraft and Magic Witchcraft, Magic and the Law The Dynamics of Witch Prosecution Why Did Witch Trials Cease? Select Bibliography Index