WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC IN EUROPE Volume 4: The Period of the Witch Trials by Bengt Ankarloo & Stuart Clark

WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC IN EUROPE Volume 4: The Period of the Witch Trials by Bengt Ankarloo & Stuart Clark

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Most European prosecutions for the crime of witchcraft occurred between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, with the peak coming in the hundred years after 1560. This volume brings together the large amount of recent scholarship on witchcraft of this period and provides a novel analysis of the trials by considering the legal systems involved. Witch hunts, methods of torture, and the scientific interest in magic spells and demonology as an intellectual pursuit are also covered in detail.

The roots of European witchcraft and magic lie in Hebrew and other ancient Near Eastern cultures and in the Celtic, Nordic, and Germanic traditions of the Continent. For two millennia, European folklore and ritual have been imbued with the belief in the supernatural, yielding a rich trove of histories and images.

Witchcraft and Magic in Europe combines the traditional approaches of political, legal, and social historians with a critical synthesis of cultural anthropology, historical psychology, and gender studies. The series, complete in six volumes, provides a modern, scholarly survey of the supernatural beliefs of Europeans from ancient times to the present day. Each volume of this ambitious six-volume series contains the work of distinguished scholars chosen for their expertise in a particular era or region.

Bengt Ankarloo is Professor of History at Lund University, Sweden. Stuart Clark is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.

"A modern scholarly survey of a wide variety of beliefs and practices from ancient times to the present."--Theology Digest

"Although intended mainly for scholars, there is much to interest the common reader."--New Yorker

"An exceptional historical and social analysis of a subject of enduring interest."--Library Journal