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The Routledge History of Witchcraft

Edited by: Johannes Dillinger

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  December  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138782204
eBook ISBN: 9781003010296
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003010296
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Book description

The Routledge History of Witchcraft is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary study of the belief in witches from antiquity to the present day, providing both an introduction to the subject of witchcraft and an overview of the on-going debates.

This extensive collection covers the entire breadth of the history of witchcraft, from the witches of Ancient Greece and medieval demonology through to the victims of the witch hunts, and onwards to children?s books, horror films, and modern pagans. Drawing on the knowledge and expertise of an international team of authors, the book examines differing concepts of witchcraft that still exist in society and explains their historical, literary, religious, and anthropological origin and development, including the reflections and adaptions of this belief in art and popular culture. The volume is divided into four chronological parts, beginning with Antiquity and the Middle Ages in Part One, Early Modern witch hunts in Part Two, modern concepts of witchcraft in Part Three, and ending with an examination of witchcraft and the arts in Part Four. Each chapter offers a glimpse of a different version of the witch, introducing the reader to the diversity of witches that have existed in different contexts throughout history.

Exploring a wealth of texts and case studies and offering a broad geographical scope for examining this fascinating subject, The Routledge History of Witchcraft is essential reading for students and academics interested in the history of witchcraft.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Witches in Greece and Rome Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Witchcraft, Magic and Demonology in the Bible, Ancient Judaism and Earliest Christianity Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Demons and Witchcraft in the Early Church  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Witchcraft and Demonology in the Middle Ages Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Rise of the Witchcraft Doctrine Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Witchcraft and Witch Hunting in Late Medieval and Early Modern Italy Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Germany – “The Mother of the Witches” Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Witch Hunts in the Low Countries (1450–1685) Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Witch Hunts in France Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Witch Hunting in Spain Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Witch Hunts in Britain Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Witchcraft in Scandinavia Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Witch Hunts in Eastern Central Europe Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Witch Hunts in Eastern Europe Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Salem Witch Hunt Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Witchcraft and the Early Modern Media Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Witchcraft and Gender Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Child-Witches Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Witchcraft in Everyday Life Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Interrelationship of Magic and Witchcraft Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Child Eaters and Other Problems of Democracy Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Witchcraft Accusations in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Europe Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Shifting Figures of the Witch in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Wicca Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Disciples of Hell Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Witchcraft and Early Modern Art (1450–1550) Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Witch Figure in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Literature Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Where have All the Witches Gone? The Disappearing Witch and Children’s Literature Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Witchcraft in Film Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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