While acknowledging that one of the medieval texts in the 1972 edition was found to be a forgery, this edition incorporates more recent research on witchcraft’s role in early modern European history. These 69 archival, literary, and pictorial sources are grouped, with introductions, by the themes of: christianizing the magical tradition; sorcery in Christendom; Thomas Aquinas on sorcery and the nature of evil; popes, theologians, preachers, lawyers, and judges; the sect of diabolical witches; the hammer of witches; humanists, sorcerers, preachers, and popes; the problem in the Reformation; persecutions in the 17th century; and belief and disbelief in the 16th-18th centuries. Includes 41 illustrations. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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