The Book of Witches

The Book of Witches

Oliver Madox Hueffer

Chapters include: On A Possible Revival Of Witchcraft; A Sabbath-General; The Origins Of The Witch; The Half-Way Worlds; The Witch’s Attributes; Some Representative English Witches; The Witch Of Antiquity; The Witch In Greece And Rome; From Paganism To Christianity; The Witch-Bull And Its Effects; The Later Persecutions In England; Persecutions In Scotland; Other Persecutions; Philtres, Charms…

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A Collection of Rare and Curious Tracts on Witchcraft and the Second Sight

A Collection of Rare and Curious Tracts on Witchcraft and the Second Sight

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A collection of essays on the witchcraft trials. Chapters include, A True Discourse of the Damnable Life of Doctor Fian, and Sundry other Witches, lately taken in Scotland; Extracts from King James’s Daemonologie concerning Sorcery and Witchcraft; Answer of a Letter from a Gentleman in Fife, to a Nobleman, containing an Account of the Barbarous and Illegal Treatment of the Witches in Pittenweem; Trial of Isobel Elliot and others…

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Daemonologie

Daemonologie

King James The First

The first text presented here, written by James I of England, is a wide-ranging discussion of witchcraft, necromancy, possession, demons, were-wolves, fairies and ghosts, in the form of a Socratic dialogue. The second text is a sensational historical account of Scottish witch persecution. The English used is old style English which makes for rather hard reading, but it’s a fascinating book if you can get used to that.

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Lectures on Witchcraft

Lectures on Witchcraft

Charles W. Upham

Comprising a History of delusion in Salem in 1692. The following lectures were originally prepared for delivery in the Salem Lyceum. The subject of which they treat is intimately connected with the history, not merely of New England, but of the imagination of man, as it has been developed in various regions and ages.

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Lives of the Necromancers

Lives of the Necromancers

William Godwin

Lives of Necromancers is perhaps one of the most thorough overviews of the lives and legends of both fictional and historic individuals associated with the magical arts. Godwin thoughtfully summarizes the histories and tales of mankind, from ancient Rome and Egypt to Eastern traditions all the way to the witchcraft trials of Europe and the new world. Godwin presents a fascinating overview of mankind’s obsession with the magical…

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Magic and Witchcraft

Magic and Witchcraft

George Moir

Chapters include: The Legendary Lucifer; Sources of Superstition; Monkish Superstition; Executions for Witchcraft; Self-Delusions; Persecutions in Germany; Persecutions in Hungary; The Puritans; Amusements of Witches; Isobel Gowdie; Tortures; James the First; Case of Lady Fowlis, and more.

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Malleus Maleficarum

Malleus Maleficarum

Montague Summers

Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches) is the most important witchhunter’s bible, used by both Catholics and Protestants. First published in 1486, it remained in use for three hundred years and had a tremendous influence in the witch trials in England and on the continent. This book was used as a judicial case-book for the detection…

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