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The witch : a history of fear, from ancient times to present

Author: Ronald Hutton
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The witch came to prominence--and often a painful death--in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early-modern stake. This book sets the notorious European witch trials in the widest and deepest possible perspective and traces the major historiographical developments of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Hutton
ISBN: 9780300229042 0300229046
OCLC Number: 984511945
Description: xv, 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Author's note --
Introduction. Part 1 Deep perspectives : The global context --
The ancient context --
The shamanic context. Part 2 Continental perspectives : Ceremonial magic: the Egyptian legacy? --
The hosts of the night --
What the Middle Ages made of the witch --
The early modern patchwork. Part 3 British perspectives : Witches and fairies --
Witches and Celticity --
Witches and animals. Conclusion --
Appendix --
Notes --
Illustration credits --
Index.
Other Titles: a history of fear, from ancient times to the present
Responsibility: Ronald Hutton.

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Why have societies all across the world feared witchcraft? This book delves deeply into its context, beliefs, and origins in Europe's history  Read more...
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"The history of witchcraft and its persecution makes for compelling, often terrifying reading. . . what makes [Hutton's] history unique is it provides a much longer - and broader - perspective. The Read more...

 
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