This fascinating collection of documents illustrates the development of ideas about witchcraft from ancient times to the twentieth century. Many of the sources come from the period between 1400 and 1750, when more than 100,000 people – mainly women – were prosecuted for witchcraft in Europe and colonial America.
Including trial records, demonological treatises and sermons, literary texts, narratives of demonic possession, and artistic depiction of witches, the documents reveal how contemporaries from various periods have perceived alleged witches and their activities. Brian P. Levack shows how notions of witchcraft have changed over time. He looks at the connection between gender and witchcraft and the nature of the witch's perceived power.
This Sourcebook provides students of the history of witchcraft with a broad range of sources, many of which have been translated into English for the first time, with commentary and background by one of the leading scholars in the field.
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Brian Levack is Professor of History at the University of Texas, Austin. His publications on the history of witchcraft include The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe and The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The 18th and 19th Centuries.
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Book Description Routledge, 2003. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: I. Withcraft and Magic in the Ancient World 1. The Witch of Endor 2. A Sorcery Trial in the First Century C.E. 3. Curse Tablets Against Roman Charioteers 4. Apuleius: The Power of Witches 5. Horace: Canidia as a Witch Figure 6. Love Magic in Antiquity 7. St. Augustine: Demonic Power in Early Christianity II. Medieval Foundations of Witch-Hunting 8. Canon Law and Witchcraft 9. St.Thomas Aquinas: Scholasticism and Magic 10.The Trial of Dame Alice Kyteler, 1324 11. Nicolas Eymeric: Magic and Heresy, 1376 12. The Condemnation of Ritual Magic, 1398 13. Johannes Nider: An Early Description of the Sabbath, 1435 14. Heinrich Kramer: Malleus Maleficarum, 1486 III. Witch-Beliefs in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 15. Lambert Daneau: Protestantism and Witchcraft, 1575 16. Henri Boguet:The Threat Posed by Witches, 1598 17. Nicolas Remy: The Devil's Mark and Flight to the Sabbath, 1595 18. Martin Del Ro: The Maleficia of Witches, 1602 19. William Perkins: Good and Bad Witches, 1602 20. Pierre de Lancre: Dancing and Sex at the Sabbath, 1612 21. Francesco Maria Guazzo: The Pact with the Devil,1608 22. Cotton Mather: The Apocalypse and Witchcraft, 1692--93 23. James Hutchinson: Child Witches and the Covenant, 1697 IV. The Trial and Punishment of Witches 24. Innocent VIII: Papal Inquisitors and Witchcraft, 1484 25. Heinrich Kramer: The Torture of Accused Witches, 1497 26. Jean Bodin: Witchcraft as an Excepted Crime, 1580 27. Henri Boguet: The Conduct of A Witchcraft Judge, 1602 28. King James VI: The Swimming and Pricking of Witches, 1597 29. Friedrich Spee: A Condemnation of Torture, 1631 30. Robert Filmer: The Discovery of Witches, 1652 31. Louis XIV: The Decriminalization of Witchcraft in France, 1682 32. Sir George Mackenzie: Judicial Caution in the Trial of Witches 33. Christian Thomasius: The Prohibition of Torture, 1705 34. Repeal of the English and Scottish Witchcraft Statutes 1736 V. Witchcraft Trials in Europe and America 35. The Trial of Franatte Camont in Lorraine, 1598 36. The Confessions of Witches in Guernsey, 1617 37. The Trial and Confession of Elizabeth Sawyer, 1621 38. The Confessions of Johannes Junius at Bamberg, 1628 39. The Witch-Hunt at Eichsttt, 1637 40. The Trial of Witches at Edinburgh, 1643 41. The Trial of a Russian Witch at Lukh, 1657 42. The Salem Witchcraft Trials, 1692 VI. Demonic Possession and Witchcraft 43. The Nuns at Wertet, 1550 44. The Possession of Loyse Maillat, 1598 45. The Possession of Marthe Brossier,1599 46. Edward Jorden, Demonic Possession and Disease, 1603 47. The Possessions at Loudun, 1634 48. The Possession of the Goodwin Children, 1689 49. The Possession of Christian Shaw,1697 VII. The Sceptical Tradition 50. Johannes Weyer: Witches as Melancholics, 1563 51. Reginald Scot: The Unreality of Witchcraft, 1584 52. Antonio Salazar de Frias: The Unreliability of Confessions, 1611 53. Thomas Hobbes: The Nature of Demons, 1651 54. Baruch Spinoza: The Non-Existence of the Devil, 1661, 1675 55. John Webster: Witchcraft and the Occult, 1677 56. Balthasar Bekker: The Disenchantment of the World, 1691 VIII. Dramatic Representations of Witchcraft 57. Seneca: The Witch in Classical Drama 58. Fernando de Rojas: The Witch Figure in Renaissance Drama, 1499 59. Thomas Middleton: The Witch in English Drama, 1613 60. Hans Wiers-Jenssen: Anne Pedersdotter, 1917 61. Arthur Miller: Witches and American Communists, 1953. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0415195055