Man As Witch: Male Witches in Central Europe

Hardcover | August 15, 2009

byRolf Schulte

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Witch-hunts were by no means focused only on women -- one in four alleged witches in Central Europe was male. This study traces the witch trials of men in French and German speaking regions in Central Europe, opening up a little known chapter of early modern times. The author analyzes the proportion of accused men in the witch-hunts, describes their trials and explores the conflicts from which witch-hunts involving men evolved.

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Witch-hunts were by no means focused only on women -- one in four alleged witches in Central Europe was male. This study traces the witch trials of men in French and German speaking regions in Central Europe, opening up a little known chapter of early modern times. The author analyzes the proportion of accused men in the witch-hunts, d...

ROLF SCHULTE  is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Kiel in Germany. His research and publications centre on witch hunts in early modern times, as well as nineteenth and twentieth century German and European History.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.65 × 5.73 × 1 inPublished:August 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230537022

ISBN - 13:9780230537026

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Table of Contents

Simon Altseer, a male witch: a case study
Men in witch trials: What proportion of the total did they represent?
Male witches in the theological context
Magic and gender
Holstein: herdsmen and smiths
Carinthia: beggars hunted down as male witches
Franche-Comt: werewolves, a male version of the female witch?
Male witches or shamans?

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"[T]his valuable book delineates the politics and practices of the Holy Roman Empire; illuminates some of the thought processes of the Protestant Reformation, particularly of the followers of Calvin and Zwingli; and provides glimpses into the lives of ordinary Europeans who found themselves in a maelstrom of superstition and intolerance. A valuable resource for those interested in not only witchcraft but also European history and theological education." --CHOICE