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The History of Witchcraft

By Lois Martin

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Format: Hardcover, 143 pages, Revised Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 2009
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Witchcraft has been undergoing a huge popular revival, but does modern pagan witchcraft really bear any resemblance to its historical antecedents? This guide explores the historical background to the European witchcraft phenomenon. For both Medieval and Reformation scholars alike the Devil and all his works were a very real threat. Their conviction that witches were the servants of Satan led to the formation of perhaps one of the greatest conspiracy theories of all time: a belief that witches were working in league with the Devil in a diabolical plot against all Christendom. Witches were transformed from poor deluded old women who rode out at night with the pagan goddess Diana into devil-worshipping heretics who became the focus of a centuries-long, Europe-wide campaign determined to seek out and destroy this evil wherever it was to be found, regardless of whether any of its victims were actually guilty or not.

About the Author

Lois Martin lives in Northern Ireland and has spent many years researching the history of European witchcraft, folklore and superstition.

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"The history of witches and their craft can be a matter of heated debate among modern pagans. If, like me, you have heard many different points of view but are not an expert in the subject, a book outlining the facts and fallacies, and detailing what has been written on subject in the past, is useful. "The History of Witchcraft" by Lois Martin is such a book." --"A Bad Witch's Blog"

EAN: 9781904048770
ISBN: 1904048773
Publisher: Oldcastle Books
Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.7 x 2.29 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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