Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours*
Free Delivery to UK Shops
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders £20 and over Free Delivery to UK Shops Local shops and expert booksellers nationwide Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours of your order*
The Crime of Crimes: Demonology and Politics in France, 1560-1620 (Hardback)
  • The Crime of Crimes: Demonology and Politics in France, 1560-1620 (Hardback)
zoom

The Crime of Crimes: Demonology and Politics in France, 1560-1620 (Hardback)

(author)
£65.99
Hardback 188 Pages / Published: 11/03/1999
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
One of the most intriguing, and disturbing, aspects of history is that most people in early modern Europe believed in the reality and dangers of witchcraft. Most historians have described the witchcraft phenomenon as one of tremendous violence. In France, dozens of books, pamphets and tracts, depicting witchcraft as the most horrible of crimes, were published and widely distributed. Yet, in his new book, The Crime of Crimes: Demonology and Politics in France, 1560-1620, Jonathan Pearl shows that France carried out relatively few executions for witchcraft. Through careful research he shows that a zealous Catholic faction identified the Protestant rebels as traitors and heretics in league with the devil and clamoured for the political and legal establishment to exterminate these enemies of humanity. But the courts were dominated by moderate Catholics whose political views were in sharp contrast to those of the zealots and, as a result, the demonologists failed to ignite a major witch-craze in France. Very few studies have taken such a careful and penetrating look at demonology in France. The Crime of Crimes: Demonology and Politics in France, 1560-1620 sheds new light on an important period in the history of witchcraft and will be welcomed by scholars and laypersons alike.

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
ISBN: 9780889202962
Number of pages: 188
Weight: 447 g
Dimensions: 236 x 156 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
``Pearl brings to bear on the subject basic sources as well as a meticulous examination of existing relevant literature. His presentation is lucid, and his disagreement with other critics is not only expressed with restraint but also rests on irrefutable evidence. This study is a very important contribution to the history of demonology in France.'' -- Leonard Adams -- Canadian Book Review Annual, 200501
``The author of The Crime of Crimes provides his readers with a substantial and well-organized historical analysis by which is cast a refreshingly original point of view on the works of the demonologists and, more generally, on France's judicial elites in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.... What emerges from this convincing and well-researched study is the image of a divided political, cultural, and judicial elite.... The Crime of Crimes will be of great interest to all scholars specializing in demonology, witchcraft, and judicial history. Jonathan L. Pearl's limpid style and skillful argumentation also make it accessible to all those who are interested in early modern history and culture.'' -- Herve Campangne, University of Maryland -- Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXI/I, 2000, 200501

You may also be interested in...

The Crusades
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Beyond Religion
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The History of the Albigensian Crusade
Added to basket
Heaven's Gate
Added to basket
£22.99
Paperback
The Righteous Mind
Added to basket
The Devil's Delusion
Added to basket
Warriors of God
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Experience of God
Added to basket
Foxe's Book of Martyrs
Added to basket
The Moral Landscape
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Faith of the Faithless
Added to basket
The First Crusade
Added to basket
The Screwtape Letters
Added to basket
Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.