The Witchcraft Reader by Darren OldridgeThe Witchcraft Reader by Darren Oldridge

The Witchcraft Reader

EditorDarren Oldridge

Paperback | April 15, 2008

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The Witchcraft Readerdraws together the best historical writing on the subject, exploring the origins and consequences of the fear of witches. TheReadertraces the development of witch beliefs in the late Middle Ages, the social and political dynamics of witch-hunts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the continuing relevance of the subject today.

This second edition has been extensively revised and updated to include important new research in the field. There are expanded sections on witchcraft in the Middle Ages and the role of gender in witch trials, as well as new work on demonic possession and the decline and survival of witch beliefs. The major themes and debates in the study of witchcraft are brought together in a general introduction, which places the extracts in a critical context and each extract has an introduction which contextualizes its author.

The Witchcraft Readeroffers a wide range of historical perspectives in a single, accessible volume aimed at anyone intrigued by this complex and fascinating subject.

Darren Oldridgeis Lecturer in History at the University of Worcester. He has published extensively on religion and belief in the early modern period, and his most recent book isStrange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds(Routledge, 2005).
Title:The Witchcraft ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.7 × 6.9 × 0.9 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415415659

ISBN - 13:9780415415651


Table of Contents

General Introduction  1. Medieval Origins  2. Witchcraft, Magic and Fear  3. The Idea of a Witch Cult  4. Witchcraft and the Reformation  5. Witchcraft and Authority  6. Witchcraft, Possession and the Devil  7. Witchcraft and Gender  8. Reading Confessions  9. The Decline of Witchcraft  10. Witchcraft Today 

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'Good value for money and very highly recommended' ¿ The Cauldron