Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany

Paperback | October 31, 2006

byLyndal Roper

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In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, thousands of women confessed to being witches and were put to death. This book is a gripping account of the pursuit, interrogation, torture, and burning of witches, particularly in Germany, as well as a deeper exploration of the psychology of witch-hunting in modern culture.
"[A] brilliant piece of investigative history."—The Guardian
"This ambitious and subtle book is testament not only to Roper's skill in excavating stories from the German archives, but also to her imagination and determination in reading between the lines of examinations and confessions. . . . Compelling, courageous and inspirational."—Malcolm Gaskill, Journal of the Historical Association

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In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, thousands of women confessed to being witches and were put to death. This book is a gripping account of the pursuit, interrogation, torture, and burning of witches, particularly in Germany, as well as a deeper exploration of the psychology of witch-hunting in modern culture."[A] brilliant pie...

Lyndal Roper is professor of history at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Balliol College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.1 inPublished:October 31, 2006Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300119836

ISBN - 13:9780300119831

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"This is a major work that pushes the history of witchcraft in new directions and offers remarkable and sometimes startling new insights. Lyndal Roper breaks new ground in her remarkable, subtle analysis of the interpersonal relations among those caught up in fantasies of witchcraft."-H. C. Erik Midelfort, author of A History of Madness in Sixteenth-Century Germany