The Witchcraft Sourcebook: Second Edition by Brian P. Levack

By Brian P. Levack

The Witchcraft Sourcebook, now in its moment version, is an engaging number of records that illustrates the advance of rules approximately witchcraft from precedent days to the eighteenth century. the various resources come from the interval among 1400 and 1750, while greater than 100,000 humans - so much of them ladies - have been prosecuted for witchcraft in Europe and colonial the US. in the course of those years the well known stereotype of the witch as an evil magician and servant of devil emerged. Catholics and Protestants alike feared that the satan and his human confederates have been destroying Christian society.

Including trial documents, demonological treatises and sermons, literary texts, narratives of demonic ownership, and inventive depiction of witches, the files show how contemporaries from numerous sessions have perceived alleged witches and their actions. Brian P. Levack indicates how notions of witchcraft have replaced over the years and considers the relationship among gender and witchcraft and the character of the witch's perceived energy. This moment variation comprises a longer part at the witch trials in England, Scotland and New England, absolutely revised and up to date introductions to the resources to incorporate the newest scholarship and a quick bibliography on the finish of every advent to lead scholars of their additional analyzing.

The Sourcebook offers scholars of the heritage of witchcraft with a large diversity of resources, a lot of that have been translated into English for the 1st time, with remark and heritage by means of one of many top students within the field.

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