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The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europe

Culture, Cognition and Everyday Life. Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

By (author) Edward Bever
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Published: 11th Jun 2008
Dimensions: w 140mm h 217mm d 35mm
Weight: 795g
ISBN-10: 1137311878
ISBN-13: 9781137311870
Barcode No: 9781137311870
Synopsis
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.

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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