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    Witchcraft and the decline of belief

    Hunter, Michael (1998) Witchcraft and the decline of belief. 18th-century Life 22 (2), pp. 139-147. ISSN 0098-2601.

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    Suddenly, there has been a boom in the production of books on the history of witchcraft. The last couple of years have seen a plethora of such publications, many looking at the subject in new and interesting ways. The result represents a real watershed in the history of the subject, comparable to that which occurred in 1970–71—especially as far as the study of English witchcraft was concerned—when first Alan Macfarlane’s Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England and then Keith Thomas’ Religion and the Decline of Magic were published. 1 It is appropriate that one of the newly published works, the essay-volume, Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe, edited by Jonathan Barry, Marianne Hester, and Gareth Roberts, is based on the proceedings of a conference timed to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Keith Thomas’ book (in addition, its structure deliberately mirrors that of the section on witchcraft in Religion and the Decline of Magic).


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 13:35
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:33


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