The Witch

The Witch

A History of Fear, From Ancient Times to the Present

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Why have societies all across the world feared witchcraft? This book delves deeply into its context, beliefs, and origins in Europe's history 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.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780300229042
Branch Call Number: 133.4309 HUT 2017
Characteristics: xv, 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 16, 2018

Way way too much "author A has theory x about the origin of the witch stereotype, but author B 60 years later debunks theory x and offer theory y". And not enough "Here's what the witch stereotype is, where it existed, and what we know about its origin"

May 02, 2018

Appears to be a deep and thoughtful scholarly work, but a little too heavy for me at my age. I scanned a few chapters and it might be interesting if I had more time and my eyes worked better. I believe fear of witches or anything else is due to lack of knowledge and superstition.

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