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Excellent history of the witch hunts,
This review is from: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology (Hardcover)
First of all, this is NOT a book about the occult, witchcraft, spells, or demons. If you're looking for that sort of subject, you'll be very disappointed.
What it IS, is a wonderfully detailed and comprehensive historical study of the witch-hunting mania in Europe (and the American colonies) in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. Topics include the historical, social, and religious background to the witch mania; tactics used by witch-hunters and prosecutors; systems of torture, trial, and execution; and details of all the best-known cases.
Very well written in an easy and informative style. Generously illustrated with images of original documents and contemporary depictions of witches' sabbats, devils, etc. In encyclopedic format with good cross-referencing. A must-have for anyone interested in this dark period of European history.