H.C. Erik Midelfort
Witch Hunting in Southwestern Germany, 1562-1684: The Social and Intellectual Foundations
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Witch Hunting in Southwestern Germany, 1562-1684: The Social and Intellectual Foundations H.C. Erik Midelfort This book is an analysis of witchcraft and witch hunting as they appeared in southwestern Germany in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Starting from a short analysis of some basic problems in the interpretation of European witchcraft, it proceeds to a study of the shifting denominational views regarding witches and the growth of Catholic orthodoxy That theoreticalThis book is an analysis of witchcraft and witch hunting as they appeared in southwestern Germany in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Starting from a short analysis of some basic problems in the interpretation of European witchcraft, it proceeds to a study of the shifting denominational views regarding witches and the growth of Catholic orthodoxy That theoretical vantage yields insight into the patterns in time, space, and confession that characterized all witch hunts in the German Southwest There follows a narrative analysis of the largest witch hunts and the general crisis of confidence they produced Analysis is complemented by a summary of what is known about the people accused of witchcraft, as well as an examination of the popular suspicion directed toward old women at the start of most panics and the breakdown of this stereotype as the panics progressed.. Witch Hunting in Southwestern Germany The Social and Intellectual Foundations This book is an analysis of witchcraft and witch hunting as they appeared in southwestern Germany in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Starting from a short analysis of some basic problems in th
  • Title: Witch Hunting in Southwestern Germany, 1562-1684: The Social and Intellectual Foundations
  • Author: H.C. Erik Midelfort
  • ISBN: 9780804708050
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Witch Hunting in Southwestern Germany, 1562-1684: The Social and Intellectual Foundations H.C. Erik Midelfort

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    1. Brian says:

      Perhaps the most original contribution of Midelfort s classic study of southwest German witch hunts in the late 16th and early 17th centuries lies in his insightful distinction between the operational structure of the mass panic prosecutions that consumed entire communities, and the small, circumstantially constrained trials of one or two individuals He shows how the epistemological premises and inherent logic of the bureaucratic inquisitorial procedure, with virtually automatic inexorability, e [...]

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