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

Author: Ronald Hutton
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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: Introduction --
Part I. Deep perspectives. The global context --
The ancient context --
The shamanic context --
Part II. 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 III. British perspectives. Witches and fairies --
Witches and Celticity --
Witches and animals --
Responsibility: Ronald Hutton.


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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"For anyone researching the subject, this is the book you've been waiting for."-Washington Post"Magisterial . . . Hutton concerns himself with the bad, black version of the craft that has terrified Read more...

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