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Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western culture is the definitive reference at the age of witch looking (approximately 1430–1750), its origins, enlargement, and supreme decline. Incorporating a wealth of modern scholarship in 4 richly illustrated, alphabetically equipped volumes, it bargains historians and basic readers alike the chance to discover the realities at the back of the legends of witchcraft and witchcraft trials.Over a hundred and seventy participants from 28 countries supply bright, documented descriptions and analyses of witchcraft trials and destinations, folklore and ideology, magical practices and deities, influential texts, and the complete variety of avid gamers during this amazing drama—witchcraft theorists and theologians; historians and authors; judges, clergy, and rulers; the accused; and their persecutors. focusing on Europe and the Americas within the early sleek period, the paintings additionally covers suitable issues from the traditional close to East (including the Hebrew and Christian Bibles), classical antiquity, and the eu center a long time.

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Modern scholarship strongly suggests that each episode of witchcraft, wherever it happened, needs to be studied as a discrete, local event before attempts are made to relate it to outbreaks elsewhere. P. G. MAXWELL-STUART See also: FAIRIES; JAMES VI AND I, KING OF SCOTLAND AND ENGLAND; SCOTLAND; SORCERY. References and further reading: Goodare, Julian. 2001. ” Northern Scotland 21:17–37. Levack, Brian P. 2002. ” Pp. 166–181 in The Scottish Witch-Hunt in Context. Edited by Julian Goodare. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

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