Reading Witchcraft Stories of Early English Witches

ISBN-10: 0415206464
ISBN-13: 9780415206464
Edition: 1999
Authors: Marion Gibson
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Description: What really happened in the witchcraft persecutions of sixteenth and seventeenth century England?Reading Witchcraftexamines the stories told by and about witches and their victims through the trial records, early news books and personal accounts  More...

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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/5/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

What really happened in the witchcraft persecutions of sixteenth and seventeenth century England?Reading Witchcraftexamines the stories told by and about witches and their victims through the trial records, early news books and personal accounts left by people caught up in a deadly and mysterious historical puzzle. Looking closely at these "first-hand" accounts, Marion Gibson shows that their representations of witchcraft are far from simple: they changed over time and according to the source and context of each story. Witchcraft was not such a clearly defined crime as has been supposed, and people spoke or wrote of it in a variety of unexpected and thought-provoking ways, demonstrating humor, fantasy, reportage, investigation and condemnation in fascinating combinations.

Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin is Professor in the English department of theUniversity of Montpellier III Paul Val�ry, France.Marion Gibson is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, UK. Her publications include Reading Witchcraft (Routledge, 1999), Possession, Puritanism and Print (Pickering and Chatto, 2006) and Witchcraft Myths in American Culture (Routledge, 2007).

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The witch, the pedlar and the pedlar's son
Rereading witchcraft: which stories and why do we need to reread them?
Records
Ghost-writers - dialogue, interrogation and the production of the records of witchcraft
Questions
Answers: pre-scripted or imaginative, resistance or confession?
Writers: clerks and pamphleteers
A case study of The Apprehension and confession of three notorious Witches
Witchcraft trials and a methodology for reading them
Preparing for trial
Indictment
Arraignment and plea
Reporting evidence - documents and oral testimony
Reporting evidence - vivid accounts
Verdict and sentence
Reporting evidence - a case study of The Witches of Northamptonshire and a related manuscript
London and Middlesex - Goodcole
Conclusions
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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