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Male Witches

Robin Briggs

in The Witches of Lorraine

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198225829
eISBN:
9780191708947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198225829.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter discusses cases involving male witches in the duchy of Lorraine. Statistical breakdown shows that approximately 28% of the samples were males, who did not fare any better before the ... More


The Witches of Lorraine

Robin Briggs

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198225829
eISBN:
9780191708947
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198225829.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This book analyses the beliefs, social tensions, and behaviour patterns underlying popular attitudes to witchcraft. Based on perhaps the richest surviving archive of witchcraft trials to be found in ... More


Old Craft, New Craft

Ronald Hutton

in The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207443
eISBN:
9780191677670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207443.003.0015
Subject:
History, History of Religion

The reality of Gardner's claim to have discovered an existing religion is one of two large problems which confront a historian concerned with the origins of modern pagan witchcraft. The other, ... More


The Malleus Maleficarum and the construction of witchcraft

Heinrich Institoris

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719064401
eISBN:
9781781700419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719064401.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

The Malleus Maleficarum is one of the best-known treatises dealing with the problem of what to do with witches. Written in 1487 by a Dominican inquisitor, Heinrich Institoris, following his failure ... More


Royalty from the North

Ronald Hutton

in The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207443
eISBN:
9780191677670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207443.003.0017
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter considers the complex relationship between witchcraft and the British mass media. It discusses coverage of the three high priestesses who represented the public face of the Gardnerian ... More


Fantasies of Evil: Shapeshifting and Sabbats

Robin Briggs

in The Witches of Lorraine

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198225829
eISBN:
9780191708947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198225829.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter focuses on witchcraft beliefs. Topics covered include methods used to identify witches, strange creatures in witchcraft cases, cases of individuals terrified by a strange hostile ... More


Reputations and Communal Interactions

Robin Briggs

in The Witches of Lorraine

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198225829
eISBN:
9780191708947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198225829.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter discusses the importance of reputations in the construction of the witch, or in the minds of those who appeared as witnesses. Topics covered include times and places for rumour and ... More


Voldemort’s “Unusual Evil”

Adam Davidson-Harden

in The Supervillain Reader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826466
eISBN:
9781496826510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This essay takes readers from the 15th to the 21st century, and shows how midwives, “these educated and trusted, yet non-conforming women were uniquely imperiled by their learnedness and vocation, ... More


: Healing in Feminist Wicca

Grove Harris

in Religion and Healing in America

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167962
eISBN:
9780199850150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167962.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The contemporary religion of witchcraft features a lively and dynamic ritual repertoire centered on nature. Participants in witchcraft rituals acknowledge the turning wheel of the seasons of the year ... More


Witchcraft Narratives in Germany: Rothenburg, 1561-1652

Alison Rowlands

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719052590
eISBN:
9781781700167
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719052590.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Given the widespread belief in witchcraft and the existence of laws against such practices, why did witch-trials fail to gain momentum and escalate into ‘witch-crazes’ in certain parts of early ... More


Witches and Succubi: Male Sexual Fantasies

Serinity Young

in Women Who Fly: Goddesses, Witches, Mystics, and other Airborne Females

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780195307887
eISBN:
9780190659714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195307887.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Witches, women believed to have supernatural powers, have been with us since ancient times. Often they were beautiful, highly sexual women whom men bedded at their own risk. They had magical powers ... More


Introduction: the Lancashire witches in historical context

James Sharpe

in The Lancashire Witches: Histories and Stories

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719062032
eISBN:
9781781700150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719062032.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter provides an introduction to the Lancashire witches in the context of history, giving an outline of what happened in 1612 and 1633–34. Lancashire was a county where witchcraft was ... More


Witchcraft and Popular Mentality in Lorraine, 1580–1630

Robin Briggs

in Communities of Belief: Cultural and Social Tensions in Early Modern France

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206033
eISBN:
9780191676932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206033.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

One of the most extensive collections of early criminal trials to survive for the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is that of the ancient duchy of Lorraine, now housed in the Archives ... More


Grandchildren of the Shadows

Ronald Hutton

in The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207443
eISBN:
9780191677670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207443.003.0020
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter discusses five additional features of modern pagan witchcraft, based upon observation of it, which are not usually identified by its practitioners but seem to me to be important. First, ... More


Witchcraft and the Community in France and French-speaking Europe

Robin Briggs

in Communities of Belief: Cultural and Social Tensions in Early Modern France

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206033
eISBN:
9780191676932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206033.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

More than three centuries have passed since Colbert and Louis XIV put an end to the legal persecution of witches in France in the 1670s, and by the same period trials had largely died out in the ... More


The Conjuring

Kevin J. Wetmore

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781800859265
eISBN:
9781800852341
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800859265.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

James Wan’s 2013 film The Conjuring appears on many critics’ best horror films of the decade lists and was rated R by the MPAA solely “for terror.” Allegedly based on the true story of the Perron ... More


Babaylan Sing Back: Philippine Shamans and Voice, Gender, and Place

Grace Nono

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781501760082
eISBN:
9781501760112
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501760082.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This book depicts the embodied voices of Native Philippine ritual specialists popularly known as babaylan. These ritual specialists are widely believed to have perished during colonial times, or to ... More


Conclusion: What Exactly is Conjured in The Conjuring?

Kevin J. Wetmore

in The Conjuring

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781800859265
eISBN:
9781800852341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800859265.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The volume concludes with “What Exactly is Conjured in The Conjuring?” After all, if the film is called The Conjuring, something must have been summoned or some kind of magic has been wrought, and ... More


The Lancashire Witches: Histories and Stories

Robert Poole

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719062032
eISBN:
9781781700150
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719062032.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This book is a major study of England's biggest and best-known witch trial, which took place in 1612, when ten witches were arraigned and hanged in the village of Pendle in Lancashire. In it, 11 ... More


“There Was Some Mischief in It”: The Social Context of Witchcraft

Paul B. Moyer

in Detestable and Wicked Arts: New England and Witchcraft in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501751059
eISBN:
9781501751066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501751059.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter delves into the dynamics of accusation and investigates what motivated people to denounce others as witches. It recounts how William Meaker of New Haven initiated a slander suit against ... More


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