Witchcraft in Early Modern England
By (author) J. A. Sharpe
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Witchcraft in Early Modern England by J. A. Sharpe
Book DescriptionWith the renewed interest in the history of witches and witchcraft, this timely book provides an introduction to this fascinating topic, informed by the main trends of new thinking on the subject. Beginning with a discussion of witchcraft in the early modern period, and charting the witch panics that took place at this time, the author goes on to look at the historical debate surrounding the causes of the legal persecution of witches. Contemporary views of witchcraft put forward by judges, theological writers and the medical profession are examined, as is the place of witchcraft in the popular imagination. Jim Sharpe also looks at the gender dimensions of the witch persecution, and the treatment of witchcraft in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. Supported by a range of compelling documents, the book concludes with an exploration of why witch panics declined in the late seventeenth century and early eighteenth century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780582328754
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. A. Sharpe
Crime in Seventeenth-century England, Paperback (November 2008)
The history of crime is an exciting field, forming one aspect of a much wider increase in interest in social history as a whole.
Early Modern England, Paperback (August 1997)» View all books by J. A. Sharpe
This book combines consideration of more traditional concerns of social history with investigation of the newer items on the agenda of historians. The result is a masterly study, providing the only up-to-date interpretation available for the period.
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Author Biography - J. A. Sharpe
Jim Sharpe is Professor of History at the University of York. He has written widely on the history of witchcraft.
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