Praise of this edition:
"As a single volume survey of the fascinating phenomena of witches, witchcraft and witch-hunting in early modern Europe, Levack’s careful elaboration is without antecedent or peer. Intelligent, engaging, up-to-date, and highly recommended."
Thomas A. Fudge, University of New England, Australia
"Witchcraft is one of the most, popular, fascinating, and difficult topics in early modern European history. Brian Levack’s The Witch Hunt in Early Modern Europe has long been unrivalled as an introduction to the field. The new edition incorporates new scholarship, but maintains the clarity of earlier editions. Moreover, it has a companion website with a wealth of accompanying materials that will facilitate both teaching and studying."
John Ødemark, University of Oslo, Norway
Praise of previous editions:
'Fearlessly, Brian Levack tackles a vast, complex subject and reduces it to a concise and lucid synthesis with consummate skill, challenging old assumptions and casting light into the darkest corners... the essential starting point for the study of early modern witch-beliefs and witchcraft trials.'
Malcolm Gaskill, University of East Anglia, UK
'Now, at last, with Brian Levack's careful scholarly and critical survey, a thoroughly reliable introduction to the whole literature is available.'
'Levack's logical sorting of a prodigious amount of material has resulted in one of the most informative and comprehensive works of its genre.'
American Historical Review
The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, now in its fourth edition, is the perfect resource for both students and scholars of the witch-hunts written by one of the leading names in the field. For those starting out in their studies of witch-beliefs and witchcraft trials, Brian Levack provides a concise survey of this complex and fascinating topic, while for more seasoned scholars the scholarship is brought right up to date. This new edition includes the most recent research on children, gender, male witches and demonic possession as well as broadening the exploration of the geographical distribution of witch prosecutions to include recent work on regions, cities and kingdoms enabling students to identify comparisons between countries.
Now fully integrated with Brian Levack’s The Witchcraft Sourcebook, there are links to the sourcebook throughout the text, pointing students towards key primary sources to aid them in their studies. The two books are drawn together on a new companion website with supplementary materials for those wishing to advance their studies, including an extensive guide to further reading, a chronology of the history of witchcraft and an interactive map to show the geographical spread of witch-hunts and witch trials across Europe and North America.
A long-standing favourite with students and lecturers alike, this new edition of The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe will be essential reading for those embarking on or looking to advance their studies of the history of witchcraft
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