: The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (): Brian P. Levack: Books. The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe has ratings and 28 reviews. Katie said: This is a nice & sober recounting of a subject that’s often pretty sens. The Witch-Hunt in Modern Europe by Brian Levack proved to be an interesting as well as insightful look at the intriguing world of the European practice of.

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Levack gives important background and context to his discussion of the witch-hunt. He focuses mainly on continental Europe but also details the differences between England and Europe.

He also connects the rise of witchcraft trials with social changes and the Reformation, but these he sees as secondary causes.

The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe

Brian Levack grew up in a family of teachers in leevack New York metropolitan area. The disparity can be seen for example in countries like England, the Scandinavian countries, and Spain where the prosecutions included a number of individual trials for maleficium and some for Devil-worship.

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A great “textbook” of-sorts for researching the witch craze in Europe. Levack continues, “The complexity of the great European witch-hunt is evident not only in an analysis of its causes but also in a study of its chronological and geographical development.

The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe by Brian P. Levack

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. He does it well, with easily followed organization and summaries, tables and charts, and copious references to specific ditch episodes. Levack appears to have read every significant work, both new and old and in most relevant languages, and has judiciously sifted out the information, pondered on it, and come up with balanced and sensible verdicts. From his father, a professor of French history, he acquired a love for studying the past, and he knew from an early age that he too would become a historian.


This caused a decline in ecclesiastical court participation due to the fact that governments defined witchcraft as a secular levqck, and the temporal courts of some countries had a monopoly on the prosecution.

Examines why witchcraft prosecutions took place, how many trials and victims there were, and why witch-hunting eventually came to an end. The book offers a solid, reasonable interpretation of the accusation, prosecution, and execution for witchcraft in Europe between and That is not to say that he fails to acknowledge that they contributed just a slight reluctance to give their contribution as much weight as someone who doesn’t hun reformists to be great might.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Brian Levack sorts through the proliferation of theories to provide a coherent introduction to the subject, as well as contributing to the gunt debate.

A few doubtful statements –says are one Levack states that before the thirteenth century European courts used a system of criminal procedure that made all crimes difficult to prosecute. Account Options Thr in.

Although witches have been hhunt lifelong interest for me, and I was eagerly anticipating reading this book, I found it kind of disappointing, to be honest. This made everything quite a bit uglier, primarily because it transformed witchcraft from a crime to an act of heresy.

No trivia or quizzes yet. There were various types of hunts that took place during European witch-hunt times. An enthralling and exceptional study, Levack focuses on the great age of witch-hunting in Europe and also in colonial Americabetween and Their intensity varied depending on the time and geographic area. The total number of British tje, moreover, probably did thr exceed 5, and the number of executions was less than 2, and may have been as low as 1, Lwvack Witch-hunt in Early Modern Europe.

Except for the Salem, MA, hunt which is frequently referenced, though technically not in Europe at allnone of the many hunts were at all familiar to me. The scope feels too broad – Levack seldom dives deeply into the particulars of any given hunt, preferring to treat the issue in very general terms. But in a way, if you consider that citizenship is a club thank youRobert Parkinsonit is interesting to conceive of those condemned by secular law for maleficia rhe outcasts in European society.


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This, the revised third edition, offers student and expert alike immediate access to an overwhelming secondary literature, establishing it as with essential starting point for the study of early modern witch-beliefs and witchcraft trials.

Sep 28, AskHistorians added it Shelves: They eventually petered out as it became increasingly clear that many accusations were entirely specious and as ecclesiastical authors and jurists promoted heavy skepticism about the reality of or the ability to identify witchcraft. Since secular courts had jurisdiction over magic and maleficium they primarily assumed the significant role in prosecuting witches.

An analysis of what the European levak were, where they proliferated, who were the accusers and what the accusations actually were. This, the revised third edition, offers student and expert alike immediate access to an overwhelming The economic and social chaos of this century and the political and religious instability caused anxiety that led to witches becoming a scapegoat for the general ills of society during their rapid time of change.

I’m reading it for a graduate literature class on mythology and heresy. It tries to answer questions such as: Levaack third determinant was lrvack extent to which the central judicial authority had control on the trials. The causes of witch-hunting have been sometimes in publications portrayed differently from reality.

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