Beyond the Witch Trials (Hardcover)
Witchcraft and Magic in Enlightenment Europe
Manchester University Press, 9780719066603, 211pp.
Publication Date: November 27, 2004
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"Beyond the Witch Trials" is an important volume on the nature of witchcraft and magic in European society during the Enlightenment. This innovative book provides the reader with a challenging variety of approaches and sources of information, as well as advancing the study of witchcraft into the eighteenth century.The essays cover England, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Scotland, Finland and Sweden, and examine the experience of and attitudes towards witchcraft in those countries. The contributors come from different academic disciplines and move beyond the usual historical perspectives and sources.They emphasize the importance of studying such themes as the aftermath of witch trials, the continued role of cunning-folk in society, and the nature of the witchcraft discourse in different social contexts.
About the Author
Owen Davies is Lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire.
Willem de Blecourt is Honorary Research Fellow at the Huizinga Institute, Amsterdam.
Praise For Beyond the Witch Trials: Witchcraft and Magic in Enlightenment Europe…
"This is a fine collection of essays on an important topic in witchcraft studies.The study of the persistence of witchcraft beliefs and accusations during a period of enlightenment has only recently begun, and these essays make a substantial contribution to that enterprise."--Brian P. Levack, University of Texas at Austin