Most studies of witchcraft and magic have been concerned with the era of the witch trials, a period that officially came to an end in Britain with the passing of the Witchcraft Act of 1736. But the majority of people continued to fear witches and put their faith in magic. Owen Davies here traces the history of witchcraft and magic from 1736 to 1951, when the passing of the Fraudulent Mediums Act finally erased the concept of witchcraft from the statute books. This original study examines the extent to which witchcraft, magic and fortune-telling continued to influence the thoughts and actions of the people of England and Wales in a period when the forces of "progress" are often thought to have vanquished such beliefs.
Witchcraft: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the scholarly study of witchcraft, exploring the phenomenon of witchcraft from its earliest definitions in the Middle Ages through to its resonances in the modern world. Through the use of two case studies, this book delves into the emergence of the witch as a harmful figure within western thought and traces the representation of witchcraft throughout history, analysing the roles of culture, religion, politics, gender and more in the evolution and enduring role of witchcraft. Key topics discussed within the book include: The role of language in creating and shaping the concept of witchcraft The laws and treatises written against witchcraft The representation of witchcraft in early modern literature The representation of witchcraft in recent literature, TV and film Scholarly approaches to witchcraft through time The relationship between witchcraft and paganism With an extensive further reading list, summaries and questions to consider at the end of each chapter, Witchcraft: The Basics is an ideal introduction for anyone wishing to learn more about this controversial issue in human culture, which is still very much alive today.
Witchcraft is a subject that fascinates us all, and everyone knows what a witch is - or do they? From childhood most of us develop a sense of the mysterious, malign person, usually an old woman. Historically, too, we recognize witch-hunting as a feature of pre-modern societies. But why do witches still feature so heavily in our cultures and consciousness? From Halloween to superstitions, and literary references such as Faust and even Harry Potter, witches still feature heavily in our society. In this Very Short Introduction Malcolm Gaskill challenges all of this, and argues that what we think we know is, in fact, wrong. Taking a historical perspective from the ancient world to contemporary paganism, Gaskill reveals how witchcraft has meant different things to different people and that in every age it has raised questions about the distinction between fantasy and reality, faith and proof. Telling stories, delving into court records, and challenging myths, Gaskill examines the witch-hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and explores the reinvention of witchcraft - as history, religion, fiction, and metaphor. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
A collection of essays from leading scholars in the field that collectively study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas.
New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology
Author: Brian P. Levack
Witchcraft and magical beliefs have captivated historians and artists for millennia, and stimulated an extraordinary amount of research among scholars in a wide range of disciplines. This new collection, from the editor of the highly acclaimed 1992 set, Articles on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology, extends the earlier volumes by bringing together the most important articles of the past twenty years and covering the profound changes in scholarly perspective over the past two decades. Featuring thematically organized papers from a broad spectrum of publications, the volumes in this set encompass the key issues and approaches to witchcraft research in fields such as gender studies, anthropology, sociology, literature, history, psychology, and law. This new collection provides students and researchers with an invaluable resource, comprising the most important and influential discussions on this topic. A useful introductory essay written by the editor precedes each volume.
A collection of materials, including works of literature as well as historical documents, this work provides a broad view of how witches and magicians were represented in print and manuscript. It presents the voices of witches, accusers, ministers, physicians, poets, dramatists, magistrates, and witchfinders from both sides of the Atlantic.
2 Books in 1 -Witchcraft for Beginners and Wicca Starter Kit- Become a Modern Witch Using Moon Spells, Tarots, Herbal, Candle and Crystal Magick, Find Your Own Path Living a Magical Life
Author: Joy Cunningham
Pubpsher: Independently Published
START YOUR JOURNEY NOW TO BECOME A MODERN WITCHCRAFT ADEPT! Have you always wanted to understand how to cast a spell? Have you ever asked yourself how to use plants or candles in a different way? Have you ever wanted to learn how to become a real Witch? If the answer to these questions is YES, then keep reading.... This beginner's guide longs to dispel the stereotyped concepts of old, haggard women flying on broomsticks, but also links together why various imageries have become locked in cultural association. The truth about magic is revealed as something any human being can partake in, given that they are approaching magic with the most positive intentions. Dive deep into the world of moon, oil, crystal, and incense magic. Swim around in the appreciation for the natural elements of the universe, along with the various Gods and Goddesses that roam it. Begin building your witchcraft toolkit by exploring the wonders of different kinds of altars, crystal balls, and wands. Learn about what it truly takes to manifest your dreams into a reality by tapping into the stunning natural energy of the earth. Increase your knowledge on what it means to trust your intuition, and how you can harness future predicting skills through the delicate of this trust. Witchcraft is meant for everyone who wants to improve their lives, and of whom have felt an organic pull toward a following that thrives upon a gratitude toward the earth around us. Prepare yourself for an exciting journey that transcends the physical world, reaches into the spiritual, and lifts you up to heights that you have yet to achieve. This book gives the reader various beginner spells, along with detailed descriptions that are practical and doable Wiccan rituals. You may even feel like you're flying on your own personal broomstick of contentment In this book, you will find the following topics: A history of Witchcraft Beliefs, practices, and common rituals The difference between Wicca and Witchcraft An introduction to Wiccan arts The seasons, holidays, and celebrations of the Wiccan Year Step-by-step instructions to help you with basic rituals Spells to get your started The relationship to nature and the Gods/Goddesses Working with the spirit world And more! Even if you never approached to this fantastic world, you will be able to start your own path by practicing alone just following the instructions inside this book! So, what are you waiting for?! Scroll up and click the "buy now" button! *For a Limited Time If You Buy the Paperback Version of this Book Can get the Kindle Book version for FREE*
Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Witchcraft is an accessible, authoritative and captivating introduction to the magical myths that have coloured the popular imagination for centuries. Written by celebrated historian and broadcaster Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, Witchcraft explores the moment in history when witches were perceived to be especially dangerous: the famous witch hunts between 1450 and 1750. You'll learn how the figure of the witch remains culturally relevant. In horror films, TV shows and pop culture, the figure of the witch retains her potency to attract and repel. Witch hunts in one form or another have persisted for thousands of years. Understanding why people were and continue to be persecuted for witchcraft matters now, more than ever.
Witchcraft, Witch-hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England constitutes a wide-ranging and original overview of the place of witchcraft and witch-hunting in the broader culture of early modern England. Based on a mass of new evidence extracted from a range of archives, both local and national, it seeks to relate the rise and decline of belief in witchcraft, alongside the legal prosecution of witches, to the wider political culture of the period. Building on the seminal work of scholars such as Stuart Clark, Ian Bostridge, and Jonathan Barry, Peter Elmer demonstrates how learned discussion of witchcraft, as well as the trials of those suspected of the crime, were shaped by religious and political imperatives in the period from the passage of the witchcraft statute of 1563 to the repeal of the various laws on witchcraft. In the process, Elmer sheds new light upon various issues relating to the role of witchcraft in English society, including the problematic relationship between puritanism and witchcraft as well as the process of decline.