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Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

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"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 millenia, European folklore and ritual have been imbued with the belief in the supernatural, yielding a rich trove of histories and images." "The eighteenth century saw the end of witch trials everywh ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published November 28th 1999 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published September 1st 1998)
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Eliot Fiend
useful; fairly dry but readable. part 1 focuses on the decline and end of witchcraft prosecutions; part 2: witchcraft after the witch-trials (region-by-region account); part 3: witchcraft and magic in enlightenment romantic and liberal thought. the focus is definitely more heavily on accusations and inquisitors than on the particulars of peasant culture and practices (in contrast to "the night battles" by carlo ginzburg.) good theories and questions in this historical account. definitely more of ...more
Mary Catelli
Apr 11, 2014 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-modern
Being three essays on three different topics: how the trials ends, what forms of folk magic were practiced after the end of the trials, and the enlightenment contempt for magic and the supernatural.

The first one slowly wades through the multiplicities of different situations. The one commonality is that it was top down -- the upper classes brought it to a halt. Tended to be driven by higher standards of evidence -- quite as high as were demanded for other crimes. (In some regions this was demand
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Kirsten
Mar 25, 2013 Kirsten marked it as couldn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, non-fiction
Currently packed away in a box.
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