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Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Cultures of Witchcraft in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present

Editors: Barry, Jonathan, Davies, Owen, Usborne, Cornelie (Eds.)

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  • Provides a methodological and conceptual agenda for the study of cultures of witchcraft in Europe since the Middle Ages
  • Applies themes and approaches pioneered by Willem de Blécourt to cases from the thirteenth century to modern day
  • Offers contributions from a range of historians, anthropologists, literary scholars and folklorists
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This volume is a collection based on the contributions to witchcraft studies of Willem de Blécourt, to whom it is dedicated, and who provides the opening chapter, setting out a methodological and conceptual agenda for the study of cultures of witchcraft (broadly defined) in Europe since the Middle Ages. It includes contributions from historians, anthropologists, literary scholars and folklorists who have collaborated closely with De Blécourt. Essays pick up some or all of the themes and approaches he pioneered, and apply them to cases which range in time and space across all the main regions of Europe since the thirteenth century until the present day. While some draw heavily on texts, others on archival sources, and others on field research, they all share a commitment to reconstructing the meaning and lived experience of witchcraft (and its related phenomena) to Europeans at all levels, respecting the many varieties and ambiguities in such meanings and experiences and resisting attempts to reduce them to master narratives or simple causal models.
The chapter 'News from the Invisible World: The Publishing History of Tales of the Supernatural c.1660-1832' is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com.

About the authors

Jonathan Barry is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Exeter, UK, and currently a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator for his project, 'The Medical World of Early Modern England, Ireland and Wales c.1500-1715'.
Owen Davies is Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Together with Jonathan Barry and Willem de Blécourt, he edits the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic series.
Cornelie Usborne is Professor Emerita of History at Roehampton University, UK, and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. She has shared her life with Willem de Blécourt, and thus with witchcraft studies, for many years.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Contested Knowledge: A Historical Anthropologist’s Approach to European Witchcraft

    Blécourt, Willem

    Pages 1-22

  • Witches and Devil’s Magic in Austrian Demonological Legends

    Tuczay, Christa Agnes

    Pages 23-52

  • Hanna Dyâb’s Witch and the Great Witch Shift

    Bottigheimer, Ruth B.

    Pages 53-77

  • The Mirror of the Witches (1600): A German Baroque Tragedy in Context

    Voltmer, Rita

    Pages 79-99

  • Unravelling the Myth and Histories of the Weighing Test at Oudewater: The Case of Leentje Willems

    Löwensteyn, Machteld

    Pages 101-120

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cultures of Witchcraft in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present
Editors
  • Jonathan Barry
  • Owen Davies
  • Cornelie Usborne
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63784-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63784-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63783-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87634-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 283
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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