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The Witchcraft Sourcebook
« on: June 29, 2015, 12:14:50 pm »


Title: The Witchcraft Sourcebook
Author(s): Brian P. Levack
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 2015
ISBN: 1138774979
ISBN-13: 978-1138774971
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The Witchcraft Sourcebook, now in its second edition, is a fascinating collection of documents that illustrates the development of ideas about witchcraft from ancient times to the eighteenth century. Many of the sources come from the period between 1400 and 1750, when more than 100,000 people - most of them women - were prosecuted for witchcraft in Europe and colonial America. During these years the prominent stereotype of the witch as an evil magician and servant of Satan emerged. Catholics and Protestants alike feared that the Devil and his human confederates were destroying Christian society.

Including trial records, demonological treatises and sermons, literary texts, narratives of demonic possession, and artistic depiction of witches, the documents reveal how contemporaries from various periods have perceived alleged witches and their activities. Brian P. Levack shows how notions of witchcraft have changed over time and considers the connection between gender and witchcraft and the nature of the witch's perceived power. This second edition includes an extended section on the witch trials in England, Scotland and New England, fully revised and updated introductions to the sources to include the latest scholarship and a short bibliography at the end of each introduction to guide students in their further reading.

The Sourcebook provides students of the history of witchcraft with a broad range of sources, many of which have been translated into English for the first time, with commentary and background by one of the leading scholars in the field.

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Re: The Witchcraft Sourcebook
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2015, 08:45:05 pm »
Quote from: RandallS;176626
-snipped for length-

I actually had to read the first edition of this one for one of my university classes last fall. While I'm not familiar with the new edition, the old one was mostly just translations / reprints of primary sources (trials, criticisms from the times, legal documents, etc.) from a variety of times and places, so it's a very solid academic resource.

The second edition looks like it has ten or so more texts in it, which is pretty substantial. Definitely curious to see what else has changed between editions.
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Re: The Witchcraft Sourcebook
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2015, 08:05:03 am »
Quote from: DemeterDelusion;176765
I actually had to read the first edition of this one for one of my university classes last fall. While I'm not familiar with the new edition, the old one was mostly just translations / reprints of primary sources (trials, criticisms from the times, legal documents, etc.) from a variety of times and places, so it's a very solid academic resource.

I had a hard time deciding whether to put this book here or in academic books, but did not know enough about it so decided to play it safe.
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