Witchcraft, Witch-Hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England (Hardback)
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Witchcraft, Witch-Hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England (Hardback)

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Witchcraft, Witch-hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England constitutes a wide-ranging and original overview of the place of witchcraft and witch-hunting in the broader culture of early modern England. Based on a mass of new evidence extracted from a range of archives, both local and national, it seeks to relate the rise and decline of belief in witchcraft, alongside the legal prosecution of witches, to the wider political culture of the period. Building on the seminal work of scholars such as Stuart Clark, Ian Bostridge, and Jonathan Barry, Peter Elmer demonstrates how learned discussion of witchcraft, as well as the trials of those suspected of the crime, were shaped by religious and political imperatives in the period from the passage of the witchcraft statute of 1563 to the repeal of the various laws on witchcraft. In the process, Elmer sheds new light upon various issues relating to the role of witchcraft in English society, including the problematic relationship between puritanism and witchcraft as well as the process of decline.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198717720
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 27 mm


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Elmer provides flesh on the skeleton of significant research through insights as they apply not only to witchcraft in early modern England, but to the various contemporary 'other' manifesting throughout global phenomenology and material culture today. * Jewell Homad Johnson, Parergon *
Full of fascinating nuggets of information... this is an important, wide-ranging, and scholarly book that will need to be engaged with by all later writers. * Jaqueline Pear son, The Seventeenth Century *
Peter Elmer's book constitutes an indispensable work for anyone interested in witchcraft and demonology, but also more widely for all who are interested in the ways the political and the religious conjointly impact on any social behaviour and trend. * Pierre Kapitaniak, Cahier 'Elisabe thains: A journal of English Renaissance Studies *
A truly brilliant book. It is immersed in staggering erudition and profound understanding, and crackles with intellectual self-confidence and penetrating insight. It is quite simply one of the most important books on English witchcraft ever written, and essential reading for anyone ready to learn what this strange and widely misunderstood subject once meant. * Malcolm Gaskill, History *
a fascinating and thought provoking book which provides a fresh and compelling take on witchcraft in early modern England ... Elmer is generous in flagging many potentially fruitful areas of future research along the way ... it is likely to prove an essential read for all scholars of early modern witchcraft, though it also offers much which will be of interest to historians interested in the politics and society of early modern England more generally. * Imogen Peck, Reviews in History *
This is a complex and densely argued academic work ... It should be of interest to all studying the religious and social history of the period. * Peter Rogerson, Magonia *
Meticulously researched, this is a must read for students of witchcraft and early modern society in general ... Essential. * CHOICE *

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