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By Jeffrey Burton Russell

All the identified theories and incidents of witchcraft in Western Europe from the 5th to the 15th century are brilliantly set forth during this enticing and entire heritage. development on a origin of newly stumbled on fundamental assets and up to date secondary interpretations, Jeffrey Burton Russell first establishes the proof after which explains the phenomenon of witchcraft by way of its social and spiritual setting, rather in terms of medieval heresies.

Russell treats eu witchcraft as a made of Christianity, grounded in heresy greater than within the magic and sorcery that experience existed in different societies. Skillfully mixing narration with research, he exhibits how social and non secular adjustments nourished the unfold of witchcraft until eventually huge parts of medieval Europe have been in its grip, "from the main illiterate peasant to the main expert thinker or scientist." an important bankruptcy within the background of principles and their repression is illuminated by means of this booklet. Our enduring fascination with the occult provides the author's confirmation that witchcraft arises now and then and in parts stricken with social tensions a distinct caliber of immediacy.

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