Witches & Neighbours: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft

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HarperCollins, 1996 - Europe - 456 pages
"Witches and Neighbours" is a highly original and unconventional analysis of a fascinating historical phenomenon. Unlike other studies of the subject which focus on the mechanisms of persecution, this book presents a rich picture of witchcraft as an all-pervasive aspect of life in early modern Europe.

This book is not available from Blackwell in the United States and the Philippines. A fascinating and accessible account of the central role of witchcraft in early modern Europe. A standard work on the subject of witchcraft now available in a revised edition with an updated bibliography. Presents an unconventional interpretation of the role and influence of witchcraft Argues that witchcraft was as complex and changing as the society of which it formed a vital part. Draws on a range of original sources to vividly illustrate the arguments.

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User Review  - heidilove - LibraryThing

a thorough and intriguing look at the witch hunt. briggs does a fine job of showing how the seventeenth century craze was sustained by villagers against their neighbors, as opposed to the earlier anti-witch sentiments that came from the institutions. Read full review

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User Review  - tole_lege - LibraryThing

I've heard this described by historians (of which I am not one) as *the* book about the period of the trials. I'm not sure I'd go that far (I'd prefer a lot more footnotes, for one thing!), but it is one of the first things to read on the subject. Start here. Read full review

Contents

Myths of the Perfect Witch
15
The Experience of Bewitchment
61
Supernatural Power and Magical Remedies
97
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