Summary

Why have societies all across the world feared witchcraft? This book delves deeply into its context, beliefs, and origins in Europe's history.
The witch came to prominence - and often a painful death - in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early modern state. This book sets the notorious European witch trials in the widest and deepest possible perspective and traces the major historiographical developments of witchcraft. Hutton, a renowned expert on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism and witchcraft beliefs, combines Anglo-American and continental scholarly approaches to examine attitudes on witchcraft and the treatment of suspected witches across the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North and South America, and from ancient pagan times to current interpretations. His fresh anthropological and ethnographical approach focuses on cultural inheritance and change while considering shamanism, folk religion, the range of witch trials, and how the fear of witchcraft might be eradicated.
©2017 Ronald Hutton (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ms. N. J. Andrews on 02-02-18

Not engaging

It's not that this is bad as such, it's just misrepresented. This is, for the most part, a history of the study of OTHER studies on witchcraft, rather than itself an original study. So, so many citations and quotations and references that it stopped being engaging (although you have to respect the author's study of said studies). Just too dry for me.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 12-11-17

Dull narrator

looked forward to listening to this as witchcraft was covered on my degree course but I couldn't listen to the narrator, he made it all sound so very dull....I'm afraid I had to give up. It's a shame the author couldn't have narrated. A disappointment as I'm sure I would have found it really interesting.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 13-09-17

A little bit dry, but worth the time.

I think a hard copy of this book might have been preferable since it would make a great reference source.

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