History Of Witchcraft by Jeffrey B RussellHistory Of Witchcraft by Jeffrey B Russell

History Of Witchcraft

byJeffrey B Russell, Brooks Alexander

Paperback | February 20, 2007

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For nearly thirty years, Jeffrey B. Russell's authoritative book has been the one illustrated history to which anyone interested in this subject could turn with confidence. Now, in collaboration with Brooks Alexander, who has himself conducted innovative research in the field, this classic book has been fully revised, with an updated introduction and bibliography, new information throughout, and an extended account of witchcraft from ancient times to the present day.

Drawing comparisons between modern sorcery and that of the ancient world, the book shows how the European witch craze in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries developed out of a combination of ancient sorcery and medieval Christian heresy, paganism, folklore, scholastic theology, and inquisitorial trials. Whether the diabolical witchcraft for which men and women went to the stake ever existed is open to question. What matters more is that it was believed to exist by intellectuals and peasants alike.
Brooks Alexander is the author of Witchcraft Goes Mainstream and has written numerous articles on witchcraft and neo-paganism and their effect on contemporary religious movements. He lives in Texas.
Title:History Of WitchcraftFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.4 × 6.8 × 0.7 inPublished:February 20, 2007Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0500286345

ISBN - 13:9780500286340

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth it This is probably the most concise and in-depth guide into witchcraft and the history of witchcraft that I've ever seen - and I've read a lot. This book is written with an eloquent, interesting voice, one that delves into the dirt of history with an objective and eye-opening perspective that allowed me to change my entire view of witchcraft - one I've had for over sixteen years. Not only does it give a reasonable argument as to why the initial witch-hunts began, but it also offers a clear and mind-changing look into the re-emergence of modern witchcraft and where it came from. The myths are blown clear out of the water, and once you close this book, you will never look at the subject the same way. This is a must-have textbook and bible alike for anyone interested in the subject of historical and modern witchcraft.
Date published: 2011-09-26