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Witches & Neighbours: The Social And Cultural Context Of European Witchcraft Robin Briggs

Witches & Neighbours: The Social And Cultural Context Of European Witchcraft

Robin Briggs

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ISBN : 9780006862093
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This remarkable history of European witchcraft explores the persecutions against its supposed practitioners in the late Middle Ages. Even at the time, writes Briggs, many thought the inquisitions against witchcraft absurd, but still thousands died,MoreThis remarkable history of European witchcraft explores the persecutions against its supposed practitioners in the late Middle Ages. Even at the time, writes Briggs, many thought the inquisitions against witchcraft absurd, but still thousands died, mostly women, mostly poor. Examining contemporary accounts and court records -- 300 of them from the duchy of Lorraine alone -- Briggs notes that the inquisition heightened divisions between the educated and the uneducated classes, as their world views polarized to the point where vast areas of what had once been common belief were stigmatized as superstition.