The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (review)

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2007-07-01
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Bailey, Michael
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For nearly twenty years, this book as been the standard English-language introduction and survey text for the period of the major European witch hunts. With an excellent third edition, it is set to continue its dominance for years to come. In the preface to the new edition, Levack tells his readers that his purpose in updating the book was to take into account the flood of scholarly publications in the decade since the second edition. What is remarkable, given how much work has been done on witchcraft in that period, is how little Levack has needed to alter his book. While new information is scattered throughout, the main lines of argument and interpretation remain unchanged, a testament to how effective this book has been through all its editions.

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This is a book review from Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 2 (2007): 101, doi:10.1353/mrw.0.0037. Posted with permission.

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