The History Of Witchcraft

The witch in history was a very different creature from her modern counterpart, and this book sets out to explore the historical background to the European witchcraft phenomenon.

Author: Lois Martin

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 1843447967

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 96

View: 690

Witchcraft has recently been undergoing a huge popular revival, but does modern pagan witchcraft really bear any resemblance to its historical antecedents? The witch in history was a very different creature from her modern counterpart, and this book sets out to explore the historical background to the European witchcraft phenomenon. It examines in detail the growth of the ideological, cultural and legal concepts that eventually led to the carnage of the Witch Craze in the 16th and 17th centuries, which, it is estimated, may have claimed the lives of around 40,000 people. For both Medieval and Reformation scholars alike the Devil and all his works were a very real threat. Their conviction that witches were the servants of Satan led to the formation of perhaps one of the greatest conspiracy theories of all time: a belief that witches were working in league with the Devil in a diabolical plot against all Christendom. Witches were transformed from poor deluded old women who rode out at night with the pagan goddess Diana into devil-worshipping heretics who became the focus of a centuries-long, Europe-wide campaign determined to seek out and destroy this evil wherever it was to be found, regardless of whether any of its victims were actually guilty or not.


Emotions in the History of Witchcraft

Bringing together leading historians, anthropologists, and religionists, this volume examines the unbridled passions of witchcraft from the Middle Ages to the present.

Author: Laura Kounine

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137529032

Category: History

Page: 321

View: 377

Bringing together leading historians, anthropologists, and religionists, this volume examines the unbridled passions of witchcraft from the Middle Ages to the present. Witchcraft is an intensely emotional crime, rooted in the belief that envy and spite can cause illness or even death. Witch-trials in turn are emotionally driven by the grief of alleged victims and by the fears of magistrates and demonologists. With examples ranging from Russia to New England, Germany to Cameroon, chapters cover the representation of emotional witches in demonology and art; the gendering of witchcraft as female envy or male rage; witchcraft as a form of bullying and witchcraft accusation as a form of therapy; love magic and demon-lovers; and the affective memorialization of the “Burning Times” among contemporary Pagan feminists. Wide-ranging and methodologically diverse, the book is appropriate for scholars of witchcraft, gender, and emotions; for graduate or undergraduate courses, and for the interested general reader.

The History of Witchcraft in Europe Throughout the Ages

Darkness & Sorcery Collection: Lives of the Necromancers, The Witch Mania,
Magic and Witchcraft, Glimpses of the ... in Anne Bodenham.' London, 1653. 'The
History of Witches and Wizards,' etc., by W. P. London, 1700 (?). 'The History of ...

Author: John Ashton

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN:

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 4005

View: 511

Witchcraft in Europe in Middle Ages and Early Modern Period was believed to be a combination of sorcery and heresy. While sorcery attempts to produce negative supernatural effects through formulas and rituals, heresy is the Christian contribution to witchcraft in which an individual makes a pact with the Devil. In addition, heresy denies witches the recognition of important Christian values such as baptism, salvation, Christ and sacraments. In Early Modern European tradition, witches were stereotypically, though not exclusively, women. European pagan belief in witchcraft was associated with the goddess Diana and dismissed as "diabolical fantasies" by medieval Christian authors. Witch-hunts first appeared in large numbers during the 14th and 15th centuries. It was commonly believed that individuals with power and prestige were involved in acts of witchcraft and even cannibalism. Table of Contents: The Superstitions of Witchcraft by Howard Williams The Devil in Britain and America by John Ashton Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin Witch, Warlock, and Magician by W. H. Davenport Adams The Witch Mania by Charles Mackay Magic and Witchcraft by George Moir Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland by John G. Campbell Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the South-Western District of Scotland by John Maxwell Wood Practitioners of Magic & Witchcraft and Clairvoyance by Bram Stoker Witch Stories by E. Lynn Linton Mary Schweidler, the Amber Witch by Wilhelm Meinhold Sidonia, the Sorceress by Wilhelm Meinhold Glimpses of the Supernatural – Witchcraft and Necromancy by Frederick George Lee Letters On Demonology And Witchcraft by Sir Walter Scott La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages by Jules Michelet Modern Magic by M. Schele de Vere

Notes on the History of Witchcraft in Massachusettes

I have still one more error to point out in the history of Witchcraft in Massachusetts
. The statement has been constantly repeated , hitherto without correction , that
some years after these melancholy trials , the General Court of Massachusetts ...

Author: George Henry Moore

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Witchcraft

Page: 32

View: 561


A History of Witchcraft

A revised and updated edition of the classic study on witchcraft examines the historical, anthropological, and religious manifestations of witchcraft, from ancient times to the present day, arguing that modern witchcraft in the West is in ...

Author: Jeffrey Burton Russell

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780500286340

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 216

View: 727

A revised and updated edition of the classic study on witchcraft examines the historical, anthropological, and religious manifestations of witchcraft, from ancient times to the present day, arguing that modern witchcraft in the West is in fact a serious religion that offers valuable insights. Original.

Witchcraft Out of the Shadows

With fresh insights and previously unpublished material drawn from the author's doctoral research into the mysticism, magic, and social meaning of Wicca, this is the first book to bring witchcraft fully out of the shadows.

Author: Leo Ruickbie

Publisher: Robert Hale Limited

ISBN:

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 271

View: 491

This complete history of witchcraft from Ancient Greece to the present day charts the rise and development of witchcraft and the modern witchcraft religion of Wicca. This in-depth investigation discovers how the ideas we have about witchcraft took shape thousands of years ago in the myths and religions of the ancient world. It looks at why these ideas were expressed so violently during the era of the witch trials, and reveals how witchcraft has been transformed into one of the most radical and fastest growing religions of our age—a religion of equality and compassion that still has the power to unsettle even the bravest amongst us. With fresh insights and previously unpublished material drawn from the author's doctoral research into the mysticism, magic, and social meaning of Wicca, this is the first book to bring witchcraft fully out of the shadows.


Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft

Covers the history of witchcraft from 1750 B.C.E. though the modern day.

Author: Jonathan Bryan Durrant

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810872455

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 271

View: 122

Covers the history of witchcraft from 1750 B.C.E. though the modern day. Includes a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography featuring cross-referenced entries on witch hunts, witchcraft trials, and related practices around the world.

Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft

The focus of the dictionary is on Western Europe during the late medieval and early modern periods, when the specific idea of diabolical witchcraft developed and the so-called great witch-hunts occurred.

Author: Michael David Bailey

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810848603

Category: History

Page: 199

View: 714

The only single-volume, scholarly reference work available on this subject, this dictionary provides reliable information on magic and witchcraft for the entire span of western history, from classical antiquity to modern Wicca. Particular attention is paid to the history of witchcraft in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, the era of the great witch-hunts.

A Brief History of Witchcraft

Harry Potter is in the ascendant and Wicca is one of the fastestgrowing religions
in the world today; in the twentyfirst century witches and witchcraft ... This Brief
History looks at the relationship between the witch and society in European
history.

Author: Lois Martin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1849018049

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

View: 757

The witch in history is very different from the image of Harry Potter or the modern day Pagan. A Brief History of Witchcraft sets out to explore how the witch phenomenon began in medieval Europe and how it has continued to haunt us for the next 500 years. In her fascinating history Lois Martin's looks at how folk tradition and religion clashed with devastating effect - one of the greatest conspiracy theories of all and the most brutal regime of persecution ever seen. From early theories of the Devil, a new cosmology of demons and dark arts evolved; deluded old women were transformed into instruments of evil. This culminated in the Witch craze of the 16th and 17th century, which may have claimed the lives of up to 40,000 people.

On Witches

On Witches examines the development of witchcraft, spiritualism, shamanism and the occult through an historical lens with research from primary sources as well as a scholarly look at Bible passages, archaeology, mystic texts and literature.

Author: Ronald L Murphy, Jr

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 126

View: 114

On Witches examines the development of witchcraft, spiritualism, shamanism and the occult through an historical lens with research from primary sources as well as a scholarly look at Bible passages, archaeology, mystic texts and literature.

Modern Wicca

Praise: "This is an extremely important book, representing an account of Wiccan history from somebody who has himself been a major actor in it."—Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon

Author: Michael Howard

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 073872288X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 360

View: 994

An insider's look at the history of Witchcraft The evolution of Wicca is as dynamic and colorful as the Witches who helped shape it. One of the most enigmatic and progressive practitioners of his time, Gerald Gardner was arguably the most instrumental Witch in spreading the Craft around the world. Drawing on his decades of personal involvement with Wicca, Michael Howard offers an intimate portrait of Gerald Gardner's life and traces the history and development of modern neo-pagan Witchcraft. Howard reveals little-known facts and stories surrounding the men and women who shaped Wicca over the past sixty years, including Aleister Crowley, Alex Sanders, and influential initiates such as Doreen Valiente. From the Museum of Magic and Witchcraft on the Isle of Man to the origins of the Book of Shadows, Modern Wicca tracks the expansion of Wicca as it spread from the United Kingdom to the United States and beyond-and takes you inside the political controversies, behind-the-scenes rivalries, and once-guarded secrets of pagan ritual, Wiccan spells, and the Craft of the Wise. Praise: "This is an extremely important book, representing an account of Wiccan history from somebody who has himself been a major actor in it."—Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon

Witchcraft in Early Modern England

Supported by a range of compelling primary documents, this book is essential reading for all students of the history of witchcraft.

Author: James Sharpe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000053776

Category: History

Page: 132

View: 258

Witchcraft in Early Modern England provides a fascinating introduction to the history of witches and witchcraft in England from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Witchcraft was a crime punishable by death in England during this period and this book charts the witch panics and legal persecution of witches that followed, exploring topics such as elite attitudes to witchcraft in England, the role of pressures and tensions within the community in accusations of witchcraft, the way in which the legal system dealt with witchcraft cases, and the complex decline of belief in witchcraft. Revised and updated, this new edition explores the modern historiographical debate surrounding this subject and incorporates recent findings and interpretations of historians in the field, bringing it right up-to-date and in particular offering an extended treatment of the difficult issues surrounding gender and witchcraft. Supported by a range of compelling primary documents, this book is essential reading for all students of the history of witchcraft.

A History of Witches and Sorcerers

This fascinating book covers the lives and activities of famous and lesser known witches and sorcerers since 500 B.C. Beginning with the alchemist Pythagoras, it covers the history of sorcery and witchcraft in ancient society, then moves on ...

Author: Arkon Daraul

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781544667386

Category:

Page: 284

View: 390

This fascinating book covers the lives and activities of famous and lesser known witches and sorcerers since 500 B.C. Beginning with the alchemist Pythagoras, it covers the history of sorcery and witchcraft in ancient society, then moves on to the medieval period, the Spanish Inquisition, the witches of England, France, and America, and closes with a discussion of modern magicians. In between, one meets Cornelius Agrippa, the temperamental 16th century Belgian magician; the Count of Cagliostro, whose powers seemingly enabled him to monopolize winning lottery tickets in 18th century London; and of course, Johann Faust, the man who roused Mephistopheles himself. These and many others, such as Gilles de Raiz, Francis Barrett, and Eliphas Levi are covered in this intriguing work. "Reflects with vivid emotional accuracy what the European common man felt about witchcraft. Here are the phosphorescent phantasmagoria of medieval times - the sadism, the horro, the preoccupation with evil, the genuine interest in astrology, alchemy, and the elixir of youth; and the seething mixture of attraction, repulsion, superstition, fear, and rationalization with which the subject is regarded today..." -The London Times Literary Supplement

Witchcraft

Unlock the secrets of the legendary witches of mythology and folk tales and find out how these early stories influenced the persecutions and witch-hunts of the Middle Ages.

Author: Michael Streeter

Publisher: White Lion Publishing

ISBN: 0711252246

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 404

Witchcraft: A Secret History unravels the myth from the mystery, the facts from the legends. Meet all the witches of your imagination and discover the meanings of their rituals and rites, their lore, and their craft. Discover the significance of their sabbats and covens, their chalices and wands, their robes and their religion. Unlock the secrets of the legendary witches of mythology and folk tales and find out how these early stories influenced the persecutions and witch-hunts of the Middle Ages. Learn about the people who inspired the pagan revival and how their work in literature and magic rekindled the fires of the sabbats across Europe and the New World today.

A History of Witchcraft in England From 1558 to 1718

English. Witchcraft. It has been said by a thoughtfulwriter thatthesubjectof
witchcraft has hardly receivedthatplace whichitdeserves in the history of opinions.
There has been, of course, a reason for this neglect—the fact that the beliefin ...

Author: Wallace Notestein

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465583580

Category:

Page: 442

View: 368


The History of Witchcraft and Demonology

THE history of Witchcraft, a subject as old as the world and as wide as the world,
—-—since I understand for the present purpose by Witchcraft, Sorcery, Black
Magic, Necromancy, secret Divination, Satanism, and every kind of malign occult
art ...

Author: Montague Summers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317832671

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 747

Originally published between 1920-70,The History of Civilization was a landmark in early twentieth century publishing. It was published at a formative time within the social sciences, and during a period of decisive historical discovery. The aim of the general editor, C.K. Ogden, was to summarize the most up-to-date findings and theories of historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and sociologists. This reprinted material is available as a set or in the following groupings or as individual volumes: * Prehistory and Historical Ethnography Set of 12: 0-415-15611-4: £800.00 * Greek Civilization Set of 7: 0-415-15612-2: £450.00 * Roman Civilization Set of 6: 0-415-15613-0: £400.00 * Eastern Civilizations Set of 10: 0-415-15614-9: £650.00 * Judaeo-Christian Civilization Set of 4: 0-415-15615-7: £250.00 * European Civilization Set of 11: 0-415-15616-5: £700.00

Mesopotamian Witchcraft

This volume is about the history, literature, ritual, and thought associated with ancient Mesopotamian witchcraft.

Author: I. Tzvi Abusch

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004123878

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 314

View: 990

This volume is about the history, literature, ritual, and thought associated with ancient Mesopotamian witchcraft. With chapters on the changing forms and roles of witchcraft beliefs, the ritual function, form, and development of the Maqlû text (the most important ancient work on the subject), and the meaning of the Maqlû ceremony, as well as the ideology of the final version of the text. The volume significantly contributes to our understanding of the Maqlû text, and the reconstruction of the development of thought about witchcraft and magic in Mesopotamia.