Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England: A Regional and Comparative Study

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Psychology Press, 1999 - 334 páginas
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This is a classic regional and comparative study of early modern witchcraft. The history of witchcraft continues to attract attention with its emotive and contentious debates. The methodology and conclusions of this book have impacted not only on witchcraft studies but the entire approach to social and cultural history with its quantitative and anthropological approach. The book provides an important case study on Essex as well as drawing comparisons with other regions of early modern England.
The second edition of this classic work adds a new historiographical introduction, placing the book in context today.
 

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Problems and sources in the study of witchcraft
3
The legal background to witchcraft prosecutions at the secular
14
evidence from Assize
23
Witchcraft accusations in other legal courts
66
Literary sources for the study of witchcraft
81
The background to witchcraft prosecutions in three Essex
94
Informal counteraction against witchcraft
103
Cunning folk and witchcraft prosecutions
115
personality
158
kin
168
Witchcraft prosecutions and illness
178
Witchcraft prosecutions and religion
186
Witchcraft beliefs as an explanation of suffering and a means
192
Reasons for the rise and decline of witchcraft prosecutions
200
ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDIES
209
Some anthropological interpretations of witchcraft
240

The witchfinding movement of 1645 in Essex
135
WITCHCRAFT AND THE SOCIAL BACKGROUND
145
APPENDICES
254
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