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Witchcraft and Society in England and America, 1550-1750 by Marion Gibson

Witchcraft and Society in England and America, 1550-1750

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Witchcraft and Society in England and America, 1550-1750 by Marion Gibson

A unique collection of materials, including works of literature as well as historical documents, Witchcraft and Society in England and America, 1550-1750 provides a broad view of how witches and magicians were represented in print and manuscript over three centuries. It combines newly annotated selections from famous texts, such as Macbeth, Doctor Faustus, and The Faerie Queene with unjustly obscure ones: portrayals of witchcraft and magic from private papers, court records, and little-known works of fiction. In this rich, broad context, Marion Gibson presents the voices of witches, accusers, ministers, physicians, poets, dramatists, magistrates, and witchfinders from both sides of the Atlantic. Each text is introduced with a short essay and fully annotated to explain unfamiliar words and concepts, give biographical details of participants and/or authors, and explore the context in which the text was produced.

About the Author

Marion Gibson teaches at the University of Exeter in Cornwall, England. She is the author of Early Modern Witches: Witchcraft Cases in Contemporary Writing and Reading Witchcraft.

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Publication date

12th October 2006


Marion Gibson

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


286 pages


Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
History of the Americas
Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography



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