Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Witchcraft: A History” as Want to Read:
Witchcraft: A History
From ancient times to the present, the aged, ugly crone has worked her evil magic and been burned at the stake by an outraged authority, or cured her neighbors and their animals with the help of gentle herbs and beneficent spells. Such, at any rate, is the popular picture. But not much of that picture is true. Many witches were young; many witches were men. Witches were no ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Tempus
(first published December 1st 2000)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
I quite liked this book, and am very glad I read it. It was well-written, though not a quick read if you concentrate on all the historical concepts discussed. The book discusses magic, witchcraft, witches, and all the fun and sad history they involve. You learn a lot about various historical periods you might not have known before, as well. I especially liked the first chapter on Greco-Roman perceptions of magic and witches. If you're interested in the subject, it's a really great book to read.
Interesting narrative on how witchcraft and witches were seen through the ages, with analysis of how politics and religion in different eras influenced beliefs and cultivated fears in society. The Enlightenment led to a decline in absolute belief in Good and Evil as entities, although the persecution of witches carried on long after these ideas began to spread. Many people were simply put to death as 'witches' from cold calculating expediency, getting rid of a rival / wife, or gaining control of ...more
Peter G. Maxwell-Stuart is a Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Aberdeen and an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of History in the University of St. Andrews.More about P.G. Maxwell-Stuart...