The History of Witchcraft

  • by Lois Martin
  • Narrated by Brogan West
  • 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Witchcraft has recently been undergoing a huge popular revival, but does modern pagan witchcraft really bear any resemblance to its historical antecedents? The witch in history was a very different creature from her modern counterpart, and this book sets out to explore the historical background to the European witchcraft phenomenon. It examines in detail the growth of the ideological, cultural and legal concepts that eventually led to the carnage of the Witch Craze in the 16th and 17th centuries, which, it is estimated, may have claimed the lives of around 40,000 people. For both Medieval and Reformation scholars alike the Devil and all his works were a very real threat. Their conviction that witches were the servants of Satan led to the formation of perhaps one of the greatest conspiracy theories of all time: a belief that witches were working in league with the Devil in a diabolical plot against all Christendom. Witches were transformed from poor deluded old women who rode out at night with the pagan goddess Diana into devil-worshipping heretics who became the focus of a centuries-long, Europe-wide campaign determined to seek out and destroy this evil wherever it was to be found, regardless of whether any of its victims were actually guilty or not.

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A missed opportunity

An interesting book, completely ruined by the poor quality of the reading and the narrator's continued mispronunciation of several words, which diverts the attention from the subject matter (by this I do not mean the regional accent, but simply the inability to pronounce words correctly). I shall buy this title in my local bookshop as the subject sounds interesting; but the audiobook is, sadly, a complete waste of money.
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- Kindle Customer

Quite the opposite...

Incidently and quite contrary to the above review, I really enjoyed this. I came about it quite by chance. I had purchased one of the other books by the same narrator without realising he had read this particular title. I'm no expert on the subject but have a few similar title's and thought i'd give this a listen with some of the vouchers i'd been given. It is a very niche subject and while some of the pronounciation isn't quite the way i would have done it, he brings alight the subject matter. If anything, the narrator is given a tough time by a badly guided book that seems to jump over and around its subject without a clear structure. Worth a buy if this is a your bag!!
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- Ben

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2009
  • Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing