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    DescriptionThe Witchcraft Reader draws together the best historical writing on the subject, exploring the origins and consequences of the fear of witches. The Reader traces the development of witch beliefs in the late Middle Ages, the social and political dynamics of witch-hunts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the continuing relevance of the subject today. This second edition has been extensively revised and updated to include important new research in the field. There are expanded sections on witchcraft in the Middle Ages and the role of gender in witch trials, as well as new work on demonic possession and the decline and survival of witch beliefs. The major themes and debates in the study of witchcraft are brought together in a general introduction, which places the extracts in a critical context and each extract has an introduction which contextualizes its author. The Witchcraft Reader offers a wide range of historical perspectives in a single, accessible volume aimed at anyone intrigued by this complex and fascinating subject.

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    The Witchcraft Reader
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Darren Oldridge
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 424
    Width: 174 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 703 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415415651
    ISBN 10: 0415415659

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
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    Libri: I-HP
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 25
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: STX
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BIC subject category V2: HRQX5
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: OCC026000
    DC22: 133.4309
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 133.4/309
    LC classification: BF1566 .W7395 2008
    Thema V1.0: QRYX5, NHT
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    1 black & white tables
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    22 August 2008
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    Author Information
    Darren Oldridge is Lecturer in History at the University of Worcester. He has published extensively on religion and belief in the early modern period, and his most recent book is Strange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds (Routledge, 2005).
    Review quote
    'Good value for money and very highly recommended' - The Cauldron
    Table of contents
    General Introduction 1. Medieval Origins 2. Witchcraft, Magic and Fear 3. The Idea of a Witch Cult 4. Witchcraft and the Reformation 5. Witchcraft and Authority 6. Witchcraft, Possession and the Devil 7. Witchcraft and Gender 8. Reading Confessions 9. The Decline of Witchcraft 10. Witchcraft Today