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Witch Craze Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany

ISBN-10: 0300119836
ISBN-13: 9780300119831
Edition: 2006
Authors: Lyndal Roper
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Description: From the gruesome ogress inHansel and Gretelto the hags at the sabbath inFaust, the witch has been a powerful figure of the Western imagination. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries thousands of women confessed to being witches—of making pacts  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

From the gruesome ogress inHansel and Gretelto the hags at the sabbath inFaust, the witch has been a powerful figure of the Western imagination. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries thousands of women confessed to being witches—of making pacts with the Devil, causing babies to sicken, and killing animals and crops—and were put to death. This book is a gripping account of the pursuit, interrogation, torture, and burning of witches during this period and beyond. Drawing on hundreds of original trial transcripts and other rare sources in four areas of Southern Germany, where most of the witches were executed, Lyndal Roper paints a vivid picture of their lives, families, and tribulations. She also explores the psychology of witch-hunting, explaining why it was mostly older women that were the victims of witch crazes, why they confessed to crimes, and how the depiction of witches in art and literature has influenced the characterization of elderly women in our own culture.

CRIS BEAM is a journalist who has written for several national magazines as well as for public radio. She has an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia and the New School. She lives in New York.Lyndal Roper is professor of history at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Balliol College.

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