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Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europe

Culture, Cognition and Everyday Life

Authors: Bever, E.

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About this book

Exploring the elements of reality in early modern witchcraft and popular magic, through a combination of detailed archival research and broad-ranging interdisciplinary analyses, this book complements and challenges existing scholarship, and offers unique insights into this murky aspect of early modern history.

About the authors

EDWARD BEVER received his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 1983, USA. He was a software developer specializing in historical simulations before taking his present position as Professor of History at SUNY Old Westbury in 1997. He has published a book on African history and a number of articles on witchcraft and magic in Early Modern Europe.

Reviews

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009

Short listed for the Katharine Briggs Award 2009

"Bever has done a great service in bringing an extensive and relevant medical literature into witchcraft studies...a book which bravely challenges so many received ideas can only be good for us all." - European History Quarterly

"Bever's book is an exciting and provocative contribution to the study of magic and witchcraft. Reaching far beyond the usual material of history into the disciplines of psychology and neurophysiology, Bever has drawn conclusions both stunning and profound in a work that will move the field forward as surely as it will inspire debate." - Laura Strokes, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Approaches such as Bever's are a vast improvement over an earlier approach to the witchcraft trials as manifestations of superstition, priestcraft, and bigotry that would flee when exposed to the light of science." - Chas S. Clifton, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions


Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europe
Book Subtitle
Culture, Cognition and Everyday Life
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-58211-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230582118
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-9781-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-54664-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-31187-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 627
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