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Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland

Michael Ostling

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199587902
eISBN:
9780191731228
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587902.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Social History

Witches are imaginary creatures. But in Poland as in Europe and its colonies in the early modern period, people imagined their neighbours to be witches, with tragic results. This book tells the story ... More


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


Urban Witches: Saint‐Nicolas‐de‐Port and Other Towns

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/9780198225829.003.0011
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter focuses on witch trials Saint-Nicolas-de-Port. Trials from Saint-Nicolas began with the trial of Claudon Charniere, also known as la Picquatte on account of her first marriage to Martin ... More


Imagining Witchcraft in Literature and Law

Michael Ostling

in Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199587902
eISBN:
9780191731228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587902.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Social History

In Poland, the imagined witch was constructed in legal texts and in demonological literature. Witchcraft was illegal under the Saxon Law used by Polish town courts from medieval times, but no state ... More


Conclusion

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/9780198225829.003.0013
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This concluding chapter presents a synthesis of the preceding chapters. It argues that in relative terms, the Lorraine persecution was very intense, placing the duchy near the head of any European ... 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


Finding a Witchcraft

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/9780198207443.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter explores a major shift of opinion in world history which occurred in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the majority of Europe's social, political, and intellectual elites moved from ... More


At the Crossroads

Michael Ostling

in Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199587902
eISBN:
9780191731228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587902.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Social History

This Introduction situates the imagination of witchcraft in early modern Poland using the image of the crossroads: the witch combines elements taken from elite culture and from local folklore, from ... More


Introduction

Alison Rowlands

in Witchcraft Narratives in Germany: Rothenburg, 1561-1652

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719052590
eISBN:
9781781700167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719052590.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on the trials involving allegations and confessions of maleficent or demonic witchcraft that took place in the German city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber between c.1561 and c.1652. ... More


Records of the Witchcraft Trials: Dittays

Lawrence Normand and Gareth Roberts

in Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland: James' VI's Demonology and the North Berwick Witches

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859896801
eISBN:
9781781380871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859896801.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter presents the dittays of four people accused of witchcraft from December 1590 to June 1591, and were tried before the justiciary court in Endiburgh. The accused were John Fian, Agnes ... More


Conclusion

Alison Rowlands

in Witchcraft Narratives in Germany: Rothenburg, 1561-1652

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719052590
eISBN:
9781781700167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719052590.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

The Rothenburg evidence suggests that those areas most likely to be characterized by a restrained pattern of witch-trials in early modern Germany were those in which a significant majority of the ... More


Potts, plots and politics: James I's Daemonologie and The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches

Stephen Pumfrey

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/9780719062032.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter re-examines the events of 1612, combining a close reading of Thomas Potts's 1613 book, “The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster,” with evidence from other areas ... More


Impotence Magic and the Rise of Witchcraft

Catherine Rider

in Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199282227
eISBN:
9780191713026
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282227.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter discusses the way in which 15th-century writers of canon law, theology, and medicine wrote about impotence magic. In particular, it traces how these authors were influenced by rising ... More


Witches as Rebels against Patriarchy

Per Faxneld

in Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Woman in Nineteenth-Century Culture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190664473
eISBN:
9780190664503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190664473.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Church History

Chapter 6 provides a reading of how the subversive potential of the figure of the witch was utilized to attack the oppression of women. It commences with a discussion of Jules Michelet’s La Sorcière ... More


Witch Hunt Propaganda: News from Scotland

Lawrence Normand and Gareth Roberts

in Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland: James' VI's Demonology and the North Berwick Witches

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859896801
eISBN:
9781781380871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859896801.003.0012
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

News from Scotland was the first publication in Scotland and England that reported exclusively on Scottish witchcraft. It was also the most propagandastic of all the texts generated by the North ... More


Conclusion

Ian Bostridge

in Witchcraft and its Transformations c.1650–c.1750

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206538
eISBN:
9780191677205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206538.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the disavowal of witchcraft belief in England during the 18th century. The analysis reveals that in both England and France, witchcraft theory ... More


Mysteries, Memories, and Metaphors: From Event to Memory

in The Specter of Salem: Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226005416
eISBN:
9780226005423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226005423.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the role of cultural memory in the American imagination of the Salem witch trials and analyzes how it was formed. It reviews two competing narratives about the 1692 witch ... More


Introduction

Catherine Rider

in Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199282227
eISBN:
9780191713026
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282227.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter introduces the main sources and issues in the study of medieval impotence magic, and summarizes the contents of the rest of the book. It surveys the place of impotence magic in modern ... More


Early American Interrogation Law

George C. Thomas III and Richard A. Leo

in Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195338935
eISBN:
9780199933303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338935.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

In America, torture was authorized by magistrates in the Salem witch trials in 1692 but then disappeared. By the late eighteenth century, the Hawkins “no pressure” principle dominated American law as ... 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


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