The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (2nd edition)


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This famous book focuses on the great age of witch-hunting in Europe (and colonial America) between 1450 and 1750. It examines why the witch-trials took place; how many trials and victims there were, and where; why their incidence was so uneven in Europe; who accused whom; and why witch-hunting eventually petered out. In the process it illuminates the social, economic and political history of early modern Europe, and in particular the position of women within it. For this Second Edition, Brian Levack has revised his text to ...

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Mar 14, 2009

witch hunt

The Witch Hunt(s) had a number of causes: economic, social, religious, political and judicial. They started and ended because of changes in each of those areas. Their intensity varied depending on the time and geographic area. As trials of witches became more centralized and regulated they decreased in number and severity of punishment.

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