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Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Witchcraft and Demonology in Hungary and Transylvania

Editors: Klaniczay, Gábor, Pócs, Éva (Eds.)

  • Examines urban and rural witchcraft conflicts from early modern times to the present
  • Analyses the role of healers, midwives, and cunning folk in social, legal, medical and religious contexts 
  • Traces the decriminalisation of witchcraft and decline of persecution in Hungary and Transylvania 
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This book provides a selection of studies on witchcraft and demonology by those involved in an interdisciplinary research group begun in Hungary thirty years ago. They examine urban and rural witchcraft conflicts from early modern times to the present, from a region hitherto rarely taken into consideration in witchcraft research. Special attention is given to healers, midwives, and cunning folk, including archaic sorcerer figures such as the táltos; whose ambivalent role is analysed in social, legal, medical and religious contexts. This volume examines how waves of persecution emerged and declined, and how witchcraft was decriminalised. Fascinating case-studies on vindictive witch-hunters, quarrelling neighbours, rivalling midwives, cunning shepherds, weather magician impostors, and exorcist Franciscan friars provide a colourful picture of Hungarian and Transylvanian folk beliefs and mythologies, as well as insights into historical and contemporary issues. 

About the authors

Gábor Klaniczay is Professor of Medieval Studies at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. His research interests are in the history of medieval and early modern sainthood and witchcraft. His previous books include The Uses of Supernatural Power (1990) and Holy Rulers and Blessed Princesses (2002). He coedited with Éva Pócs a three volume series, ‘Demons, Spirits and Witches’ (2005, 2006, 2008).
Éva Pócs is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Her main areas of research are folk religion and folk beliefs, and witchcraft and demonology. Her previous publications include Fairies and Witches at the Boundary of South-Eastern and Central Europe (1989) and Between the Living and the Dead: A Perspective on Witches and Seers in the Early Modern Age (1998).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Klaniczay, Gábor (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • The Social Background of Witchcraft Accusations in Early Modern Debrecen and Bihar County

    Kristóf, Ildikó Sz.

    Pages 13-89

  • Witchcraft, Greed and Revenge: The Prosecutor Activity of György Igyártó and the Witch Trials of Kolozsvár in the 1580s

    Pakó, László

    Pages 91-109

  • Healers in Hungarian Witch Trials

    Klaniczay, Gábor

    Pages 111-158

  • Divinatio Diabolica and Superstitious Medicine: Healers, Seers and Diviners in the Changing Discourse of Witchcraft in Early Modern Nagybánya

    Kis-Halas, Judit

    Pages 159-219

Buy this book

eBook £56.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-54756-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54755-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Witchcraft and Demonology in Hungary and Transylvania
Editors
  • Gábor Klaniczay
  • Éva Pócs
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54756-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54756-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54755-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 412
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