History of Witchcraft Sorcerers, Heretics and Pagans

ISBN-10: 0500286345

ISBN-13: 9780500286340

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

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This revised edition of the illustrated 'History Of Witchcraft' includes an analysis of the importance of the Internet and films in the dissemination of witchcraft today, and the potential tensions as a movement that was originally a closed, secretive cult becomes an open, recognised public religion.
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 3/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Brooks Alexander is the author of Witchcraft Goes Mainstream and has written numerous articles on witchcraft and neo-paganism and their effect on contemporary religious movements. He lives in Texas.

Introduction: What is a witch?
Sorcery and Historical Witchcraft
Sorcery Worldwide
Sorcery in Ancient Times
Sorcery and Religion
The roots of European witchcraft
Interpretations of European Witchcraft
Sorcery, Folklore, and Religion in Pagan Europe
The Legal Status of Sorcery
Witchcraft, heresy, and inquisition
The Dualist Heresies
From Sorcery to Witchcraft
The witch-craze on the continent of Europe
The Growth of the Witch-Craze
The Climax of the Witch-Craze
Witchcraft in Britain and America
Witchcraft in the British Isles
Witchcraft in the American Colonies
Witchcraft and society
Witchcraft and Women
The Salem Trials
The decline of witchcraft
The Romantic Revival
Modern Witchcraft
Survivals and revivals
Modern Sorcery
Neopagan witchcraft: the sources
Witchcraft as Paganism: Jarcke, Mone, and Michelet
The Forerunners: Leland, Murray, and Graves
Gerald Gardner: Father of Modern Witchcraft
Describing Modern Witchcraft
Neopagan witchcraft: the movement
The Re-Visioning of Wicca: Doreen Valiente to Alex Sanders
Burgeoning Diversity: Witchcraft in America
Cyber-Culture, Pop-Culture, and the Rise of the Paganoids
Witchcraft and the Interfaith Interface
Looking Forward: Growth, Validation, and Change
The role of witchcraft
Notes on the text
List of illustrations
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