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

Hutton, Ronald2017
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"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 witchcraft. Hutton, a renowned expert on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism and witchcraft beliefs, combines Anglo-American and continental scholarly approaches to examine attitudes on witchcraft and the treatment of suspected witches across the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North and South America, and from ancient pagan times to current interpretations. His fresh anthropological and ethnographical approach focuses on cultural inheritance and change while considering shamanism, folk religion, the range of witch trials, and how the fear of witchcraft might be eradicated"-- Provided by publisher.
London : Yale University Press, 2017.©2017
xv, 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-344) and index.
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 -- Conclusion.
9780300229042 (hardback)
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