Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition Through the Salem Trials

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ABC-CLIO, 2009 - History - 228 pages

This comprehensive resource explores the intersection of religion, politics, and the supernatural that spawned the notorious witch hunts in Europe and the New World. Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials traces the evolution of western attitudes towards magic, demons, and religious nonconformity from the Roman Empire through the Age of Enlightenment, placing these chilling events into a wider social and historical context. Witch hunts are discussed in eight narrative chapters by region, highlighting the cultural differences of the people who incited them as well as the key reforms, social upheavals, and intellectual debates that shaped European thought. Vivid accounts of trials and excerpts from the writings of both witch hunters and defenders throughout the Holy Roman Empire, France, the British Isles and colonies, Southern Europe, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe bring to life one of the most intriguing and shocking periods in Western history.

This in-depth and comprehensive resource explores the intersection of religion, politics, and the supernatural that spawned the notorious witch hunts in Europe and the New World. Witch Hunts in the Western World traces the evolution of western attitudes towards magic, demons, and religious nonconformity from the Roman Empire through the Age of Enlightenment, placing these chilling events into a wider social and historical context. Witch hunts are discussed in fascinating detail by region, highlighting the cultural differences of the people who incited them as well as the key reforms, social upheavals, and intellectual debates that shaped European thought. Vivid accounts of trials and excerpts from the writings of both witch hunters and defenders throughout the Holy Roman Empire, France, the British Isles and colonies, Southern Europe, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe bring to life one of the most intriguing and shocking periods in Western history.

Accessible narrative chapters make this a fascinating volume for general readers while offering a wealth of historic information for students and scholars. Features include a complete glossary of terms, timeline of major events, recommended reading selections, index, and black and white illustrations.

 

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Contents

An Introduction to WitchHunting
1
Medieval Origins of the Witch Hunts
25
WitchHunting in the Holy Roman Empire
51
The Witch Hunts in France
83
WitchHunting in the British Realms
109
WitchHunting in Southern Europe
149
WitchHunting in Northern and Eastern Europe
173
Beyond the Witch Hunts
187
Glossary
199
Selected Bibliography
207
Index
211
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BRIAN A. PAVLAC is Chair of the History Department at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA where he teaches European History. Professor Pavlac is the author/translator of the book A Warrior Bishop of the 12th Century: The Deeds of Albero of Trier by Balderich.

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