Why did the trials take place? Why did they suddenly expand in Europe at this time? How many trials were there, and where, and how did they end? Using recent findings, this revised edition examines early Europes fascination with witches and witchcraft.
Discusses the intellectual and legal foundations of the witch- hunts, during which over 100,000 people, mostly women, were prosecuted; the impact of the Reformation; the social context, dynamics, chronology, and geography of witch-hunting; the phenomenon's decline; and the survival and revival of witchcraft. B&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)