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    John Webster, the Royal Society and the displaying of supposed Witchcraft (1677)

    Hunter, Michael (2016) John Webster, the Royal Society and the displaying of supposed Witchcraft (1677). Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science 71 (1), pp. 7-19. ISSN 0035-9149.

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    Abstract

    This paper publishes for the first time the dedication to the Royal Society that John Webster wrote for his Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft (1677), but which failed to appear in the published work. It also investigates the circumstances in which the book received the Royal Society's imprimatur, in the light of the Society's ambivalent attitude towards witchcraft and related phenomena in its early years. The paper concludes that the role of Sir Jonas Moore as Vice-President in licensing the book was highly irregular, evidently reflecting the troubled state of the Society in the mid to late 1670s.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 13:57
    Last Modified: 28 Mar 2017 13:57
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18358

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