The Arras Witch Treatises: Johannes Tinctors Invectives contre la secte de vauderie and the…

Paperback | April 25, 2016

EditorAndrew Colin Gow, Robert B. Desjardins, François V. Pageau

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This is the first complete and accessible English translation of two major source texts—Tinctor’s Invectives and the anonymous Recollectio—that arose from the notorious Arras witch hunts and trials in the mid-fifteenth century in France. These writings, by the “Anonymous of Arras” (believed to be the trial judge Jacques du Bois) and the intellectual Johannes Tinctor, offer valuable eyewitness perspectives on one of the very first mass trials and persecutions of alleged witches in European history. More importantly, they provide a window onto the early development of witchcraft theory and demonology in western Europe during the late medieval period—an entire generation before the infamous Witches’ Hammer appeared.

Perfect for the classroom, The Arras Witch Treatises includes a reader-friendly introduction situating the treatises and trials in their historical and intellectual contexts. Scholars, students, and others interested in the occult will find these translations invaluable.

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This is the first complete and accessible English translation of two major source texts—Tinctor’s Invectives and the anonymous Recollectio—that arose from the notorious Arras witch hunts and trials in the mid-fifteenth century in France. These writings, by the “Anonymous of Arras” (believed to be the trial judge Jacques du Bois) and th...

Andrew Colin Gow is Professor of History at the University of Alberta. Robert B. Desjardins is an independent scholar and a graduate writing advisor at the University of Alberta.François V. Pageau is a doctoral candidate in medieval history at the University of Alberta.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 25, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Arras Witch Treatises in Context

Anonymous of Arras, A History of the Case, State and Condition of Waldensian Heretics (Witches)

Johannes Tinctor, Treatise Against the Sect of Waldensians (Witches)

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating glimpse into the mind-set of two promoters of witch hunting who defined demonic heresy and justified the use of cruel tactics to extract confessions. Revealing both similarity to and significant differences from other demonological works, The Arras Witch Treatises offers an exciting new resource for both teaching and scholarship.”

—Gary K. Waite, University of New Brunswick