Reading Witchcraft

Reading Witchcraft

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In this original study of witchcraft, Gibson explores the stories told by and about witches and their 'victims' through trial records, early news books, pamphlets and fascinating personal accounts. The author discusses the issues surrounding the interpretation of original historical sources and demonstrates that their representations of witchcraft are far from straight forward or reliable. Innovative and thought-provoking, this book sheds new light on early modern people's responses to witches and on the sometimes bizarre flexibility of the human imagination.The Witch, the pedlar and the Pedlara#39;s son Which of the elements in the following story are true? ... The dog replied that he could lame the pedlar and Alizon responded with ferocious brevity: a#39;Lame hima#39;. ... Was Alizon really a beggar? ... an eyewitness report of events in court and several passages of abusive commentary to recreate vividly for the reader the activities of the Lancashire witches, their trialsanbsp;...

Title:Reading Witchcraft
Author: Marion Gibson
Publisher:Routledge - 2005-08-08

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