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Speak of the Devil Tales of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England

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ISBN-10: 0521629349

ISBN-13: 9780521629348

Edition: 1997

Authors: Jean De La Fontaine

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Drawing parallels between recent allegations of satanic child abuse and classic instances of witchcraft accusations in 16th and 17th century Europe, La Fontaine reveals an underlying social movement fostered by social and economic insecurity.
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Book details

List price: $66.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/12/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Although he had a degree to practice law, La Fontaine does not seem to have done so but, rather, spent his life in Paris dependent on aristocratic patrons. His principal contribution to literature was his 12 books of Fables, to which he devoted 30 years of his life. They were published from 1668 to 1694 and are universally appreciated in France by children and adults alike. In drawing on a tradition of the fable going back to Aesop, La Fontaine created a portrait of human life and French society through the representations of animals. His work is marked by great insight into human moral character, while it preaches the value of the middle road.

List of tables
Introduction: the problem
The personification of evil
Witches, satanists and the occult
The extent of the allegations
The question of proof
Explaining belief
Children's stories
Confessions and tales of horror
A modern movement of witch-finders?
Aftermath and conclusions