Witchcraft and its Transformations, c.1650-c.1750: Witchcraft & Its Transformatio

Hardcover | May 1, 1997

byIan Bostridge

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This book is about the significance of witchcraft in English public life (c.1650-c.1750), and deals with contemporary opinion regarding its theological, philosophical, and legal dimensions. Ian Bostridge discusses civil war politics, the writings of Thomas Hobbes, the debate about witchcraftat the time of the Glorious Revolution, and the disputes surrounding the repeal of Jacobean witchcraft legislation in 1736. He also examines the work of less familiar writers and propagandists such as Richard Boulton, Francis Hutchinson, and James Erskine of Grange, and balances this account of thegradual demise of witchcraft theory in Britain with a comparative case study of the debate in France. Finally, by asserting that witchcraft remained a serious topic of debate well into the eighteenth century, and that its descent into polite ridicule had as much to do with politics as with the birthof reason, Witchcraft and its Transformations offers a lively critique of current interpretations of English popular culture and political change.

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This book is about the significance of witchcraft in English public life (c.1650-c.1750), and deals with contemporary opinion regarding its theological, philosophical, and legal dimensions. Ian Bostridge discusses civil war politics, the writings of Thomas Hobbes, the debate about witchcraftat the time of the Glorious Revolution, and t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198206534

ISBN - 13:9780198206538

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`Bostridge challenges the traditional argument that belief in witchcraft among educated elites was waning in the second half of the seventeenth century. Bostridge leaves no doubt that among the educated, withcraft was taken seriously long after the restoration. A diachronic analysis ofwitchcraft beliefs, emphasizing the time when they lost their intellectual respectability.'Brian Levack, Albion