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Witch beliefs and witch trials in the Middle Ages
P. G. Maxwell-Stuart

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Witch beliefs and witch trials in the Middle Ages
documents and readings
P.G. Maxwell-Stuart

Published 2011 by Continuum in London, New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

This title features new translations of primary documents of a crucial period in the development of attitudes to witchcraft. In 1901, a rich collection of extracts from documents relating to witch beliefs and witch trials in the Middle Ages - Hexenwahns und der Hexenverfolgung in Mittelalter - was published. Most of the original documents are in Latin, with some in medieval German and French, and it has been left largely untranslated, making the material inaccessible, and neglected. This new translation of the key documents will enable students and scholars to look afresh at this crucial period in the development of attitudes towards witchcraft. Through the translated extracts we can see the beliefs and activities which had been formally condemned by ecclesiastical and secular authorities, but which had not yet become subject to widespread eradicating pogroms, start to be allied with heresy and with changing conceptions of demonic activity. The extensive introductory essay gives the reader the historical, theological, intellectual and social background and contexts of the translated documents. The translations themselves will all have introductory notes. This volume will contribute significantly to our understanding of the witchcraft phenomenon in the Middle Ages.

Table of Contents

Pt. 1. Papal decisions, decrees and letters, 1258-1524
pt. 2. Literature on magic and witches, c.1270-c.1505
pt. 3. Trials of witches and other workers of magic (a) conducted by inquisitors, 1245-1540
pt. 4. Trials of witches and other workers of magic (b) conducted by secular courts, 1304-1540.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-224) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
133.4/3/09
Library of Congress
BF1584.E85 M39 2011

The Physical Object

Pagination
viii, 228 p., :
Number of pages
228

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25102402M
ISBN 10
1441109803, 1441149651
ISBN 13
9781441109804, 9781441149657
LC Control Number
2011284608
OCLC/WorldCat
743240434

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