The Witch-hunt in Early Modern Europe
3rd Revised edition
By (author) Brian P. Levack
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Witch-hunt in Early Modern Europe by Brian P. Levack
Book DescriptionBetween 1450 and 1750 thousands of people, most of them women, were accused, prosecuted and executed for the crime of witchcraft. The witch-hunt was not a single event; it comprised thousands of individual prosecutions, each shaped by the religious and social dimensions of the particular area as well as political and legal factors. Brian Levack sorts through the proliferation of theories to provide a coherent introduction to the subject, as well as contributing to the scholarly debate. The book: * Examines why witchcraft prosecutions took place, how many trials and victims there were, and why witch-hunting eventually came to an end. * Explores the beliefs of both educated and illiterate people regarding witchcraft. * Uses regional and local studies to give a more detailed analysis of the chronological and geographical distribution of witch-trials. * Emphasises the legal context of witchcraft prosecutions. * Illuminates the social, economic and political history of early modern Europe, and in particular the position of women within it. In this fully updated third edition of his exceptional study, Levack incorporates the vast amount of literature that has emerged since the last edition. He substantially extends his consideration of the decline of the witch-hunt and goes further in his exploration of witch-hunting after the trials, especially in contemporary Africa. New illustrations vividly depict beliefs about witchcraft in early modern Europe.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780582419018
(233mm x 161mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Brian P. Levack
Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America, Paperback (November 2014)
A collection of essays from leading scholars in the field that collectively study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas.
Witch-hunting in Scotland, Paperback (October 2007)» View all books by Brian P. Levack
Presents a fresh perspective on the trial and execution of the hundreds of women and men prosecuted for the crime of witchcraft, an offence that involved the alleged practice of maleficent magic and the worship of the devil, for inflicting harm on their neighbours and making pacts with the devil.
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Author Biography - Brian P. Levack
Brian Levack is the John Green Regents Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written and edited many books, including The Witchcraft Sourcebook (2004) and Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1999).
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