Document Type

Book Review

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

Summer 2011

Journal or Book Title

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

Volume

6

Issue

1

First Page

116

Last Page

119

DOI

10.1353/mrw.2011.0009

Abstract

In this slim volume, Rita Voltmer undertakes to survey historical European witchcraft. Unlike most other such surveys, which typically develop a basically [End Page 116] chronological narrative that begins with the origins of various elements of witchcraft beliefs (harmful magic, diabolical pact, sabbath, etc.), follows these ideas through the years of major witch hunting (the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries), and concludes with the decline of trials and eventual intellectual discrediting of much of the witch stereotype in the eighteenth century, she instead organizes her survey around a number of myths and misconceptions about historical witchcraft that have persisted in popular, and in many cases in scholarly, understanding in the modern era; that is, from the nineteenth century onward. The result is both engaging and useful.

Comments

This is a book review from Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 6 (2011): 116, doi:10.1353/mrw.2011.0009. Posted with permission.

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Copyright Owner

University of Pennsylvania Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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