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5.0 out of 5 stars invaluable, 2 July 2006
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This review is from: Early Modern European Witchcraft: Centres and Peripheries (Clarendon Paperbacks) (Paperback)
Shying away from giving a European overview of the witch-hunts, Ankarloo & Henningsen have collected together an invaluable anthology of essays dealing with the causes, events and effects of the witch-hunts in too-often overlooked countries of Europe (particularly in the Scandinavian region) with contributions even from some of the prominent scholars in the field such as Stuart Clark and E. William Monter.

By focusing upon these 'peripheries', we are given an insight into the witch-hunts from the opposite end of the spectrum of intensity as well access to meticulously researched articles on the witch-hunts in countries that have otherwise little material on the subject to their name.

One word of caution for the casual reader, though: although clearly and competently written, this is intended for academic reference, not as a piece of popular history.

In short, this book provides a series of excellent microcosmic and macrocosmic studies on the European witch-hunts from the 16th to the 18th centuries. It is, in my opinion, a mandatory addition to any student or scholar's library who're researching the subject.
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