Witchcraft in Early Modern England is a fascinating introduction to the history of witches and witchcraft. This book charts the witch panics of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the legal persecution of witches that followed and explores the modern historiographical debate. This new edition includes a discussion on whether there were regional differences in the treatment and numbers of witches in England and brings the debate right up-to-date on themes such as gender and decline, as well as placing English witchcraft in a European context. Supported by a range of compelling primary documents, this book is essential reading for all students of the history of witchcraft.
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James Sharpe is Professor of history at the University of York, UK. His previous publications include Dick Turpin: The Myth of the English Highwayman (2004), Crime in Early Modern England 1550 – 1750 (1998) and Instruments of Darkness: Witchcraft in England 1550 - 1750 (1997).
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