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The Witch-cult in Western Europe

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'The Witch Cult in Western Europe deserves to be reprinted, not only because of its importance in showing that the subject needed a scientific approach- which, since the appearance of this, it has generally been given- but also because it is one of those rare books which combine scholarly methods and valuable findings with a quality of fascinating which makes it a delight ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published 1967 by Oxford University Press (London) (first published January 1st 1921)
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Ryan
This book is written by Anthropologist Margaret Murray to outline the survival, beliefs, and rituals of a pre-Christian witchcraft-centric "old religion." Unfortunately Murray subjectively interpreted the confessions of witch trials and manipulated and cited her findings out of context to support her theory of an old pre-christian religion based around a horned god and a goddess that survived the persecution of witch trials in europe. While her work is not accepted by modern historians, Murray's ...more
Molly
Aug 05, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a superb book! Finally reading it gave me perspective on not only the controversial issues it touches on (the possibility of a real, widespread survival of pre-Christian Paganism and its suppression during the Witch Hunts), but also the controversy which has surrounded the book itself since its publication.

Personally, I believe Murray's work to have been treated with undue criticism, then and now. Though this book has gained more respectability in recent times, the scoffing that went u
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Bri Fidelity
Thoroughly unconvincing as actual history, and thoroughly entertaining as an exercise in world-building. I only wish Murray hadn't left such great swathes of her source material in its original Ye Olde French.
Allison
Mar 05, 2014 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a good source for quotes and starting points for further research, as it is well-organized and -categorized alongside being at least two-thirds direct quotes and passages. But it is fairly difficult to read. The quotes are not translated, so you see: Middle English, non-standardized Early Modern English, Scotch, French (Early Modern?), and German (I do not know German, so I can't guess what period of the language). You also get to read Us as Vs and Js as Is. Otherwise, I find this subject v ...more
Jim
Dec 12, 2014 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Tepintzin
I was only reading this because of its being so influential. I couldn't finish. Despite the subject matter, it was agonizingly boring. Yes, even though I speak French.
Alexandra Chauran
A little slice of history. I wish I could see this literature study redone with better scholarship.
Andreea
Interesting and very pleasant.
Loree  Iverson
Jun 11, 2013 Loree Iverson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting!
Anna
Jul 30, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great.
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Egyptologist and Anthropologist. Known mostly for her theories on the Witch Cult which the witch trials were an attempt to destroy a pre-Christian surviving religion.
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