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Witch Hunt: The History of a Persecution

Witch Hunt: The History of a Persecution [Kindle Edition]

Nigel Cawthorne
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When bigotry and power-mania take control, disaster always follows for ordinary people – even when the power is wielded by the Church. Witchcraft, of course, was seen as devil-worship. Those accused – over 100,000 people, mainly women, between 1450 and 1750 – were subjected to the most bestial tortures and usually executed. Witch Hunt examines the real facts of this persecution and the religious hysteria that inspired it, tracing it back to its source. It tracks its wildfire-spread across Europe and the US until scientific reason began to challenge old beliefs and it began its long-awaited decline.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 990 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing (1 Sep 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K5QZVC
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nigel Cawthorne is the author of some eighty books - and a major contributor to at least twenty more. He lives in a flat girlfriends have described as a book-writing factory in Bloomsbury, London's literary area, and writes in the great British Library, which is supposed to be one of the best pick-up joints in London. However, his reputation is such that people will tell you he is more often seen drinking in Soho's famous bohemian watering hole, the French pub - still known to some denizens as the Yorkminster - with a beautiful young woman on his arm.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadistic with little to recommend it. 14 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book very tedious being a long review of all the tortures and executions of those the church accused of Satanism and Demonology. Very much of the Denis Wheatley vogue. I got very bored with the whole affair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable 18 Feb 2014
By Voyager
Format:Kindle Edition
As previous reviewers have said, the book is a magpie collection of witch trials without any comment to give perspective. It claims to be from contemporary accounts, but includes the C14 Toulouse and Carcassone witch trials, which were proved 40 years ago to be C19 fiction. The author's reading list is mainly books from before 1970. He seems unaware that contemporary accounts were often propaganda or sensationalism that grossly overstate the number of executions.

He is not above a bit of sensationalism himself. Several pages are devoted to the impossibility of escaping the Spanish Inquisition once accused and the grim fate that resulted. Later in the chapter we are told, correctly, that the Inquisition acquitted most witches and was active in stopping witch hunts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be better 26 Mar 2013
By emba84
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book interesting at the start, but as Cawthorne says in his introduction, he tells us the stories and allows us to draw our own conclusions. This, for me, has serious disadvantages in terms of the way the book is structured as the book lacks a thematic structure meaning that the stories of various accusations, trials and executions build up and up, until I simply reached saturation point. Although the book is divided into countries to show the differences between witch-hunting culture this simply wasn't a strong enough frame around which to build what could potentially be a fascinating history. For individual case stories, this is a great book, but for a history, it simply wasn't enough.
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