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The history of a unique reign of terror. A thoroughly readable book on the lives and careers of possibly the most sadistic group of people of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the great age of witch-hunting in Europe and North America. From the doyen of witch-hunters, the Jesuit del Rio, to the British Matthew Hopkins, not to mention Pierre de Lancre, a judge who was responsible for burning 600 women, Maxwell-Stuart charts the progress of these fierce and dangerous zealots, while providing an insight into the world they perceived as evil and which they sought to destroy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 22mm | 421.84g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752423398
  • 9780752423395

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25 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 16% (4)
4 24% (6)
3 40% (10)
2 12% (3)
1 8% (2)

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"...The subject of witches and witchcraft in history is something in which I have always been vastly interested, so when I saw this book at a local second-hand shop, I snatched it up. Maxwell-Stuart is a history professor, and I've no doubt that if this is the topic of courses he teaches, I'd want to sit in on his lectures, probably. That is, unless he is one of those professors who assigns books that he's written for the required reading, because I had a hell of a time making it through this one... ...What I had hoped for was more information about the practices mentioned and the witch-hunting professions in general. When I realized it was actually more a series of mini-biographies with a bit of background information on specific cases thrown in, I could have been okay with that, except that Maxwell-Stuart's writing was much too dry to keep my attention for long... ...for the most part, I got pretty bored. I wouldn't recommend this for leisure reading, but it would certainly be an excellent resource if you're a student or professional who is doing research on this subject." For full review, please visit me at Here Be Bookwyrms on Blogger: http://herebebookwyrms.blogspot.com/2014/01/witch-hunters-professional-prickers.htmlshow more
by Colleen
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