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…
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…
This 300 year old book is a huge download at over 500 MB, but a fantastic addition to a collection of old books on the occult. It covers things like Magick, demons, ghosts, as well as some accounts of the witchcraft trials.
Cotton Mather was a socially and politically influential New England Puritan minister, prolific author and pamphleteer. He was also, apparently, responsible for laying the very groundwork that inspired the Salem witch trials. This book examines those claims.
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.
The Devil’s Legacy to Earth Mortals Being the Key Notes to Black Arts, Witchcraft, Devination, Omens, Forewarnings, Apparitions, Sorcery, Demonology, Dreams, Predictions, Visions, and Compacts with the Devil. With the most authentic history of Salem Witchcraft.
Also, An Account of the Witchcraft Delusion at Salem in 1692. Chapters include: Ghosts and Apparitions, Power of Imagination, Illusions, Imagination and Fear, Superstition, Witchcraft and Sorcery, Salem Witchcraft, Omens and Augeries, and, Medical Quackery.
Chapters include: Mackenzie’s Treatise on Witchcraft; Of the Bewitching of Sir George Maxwell; Account of Janet Douglas, a Remarkable Girl; Confessions of Margaret and Janet Rodger; Some Passages which fell out before and at the Execution of the Seven Witches, and more.
A look at witchcraft in England in the 16th – 18th Centuries. Very heavy with footnotes; however, don’t let that put you off because it’s an interesting read.
This is a survey of the Witch persecution in Ireland, as well as a wide array of other paranormal events such as poltergeists, ghosts, apparations and even an early UFO account. Very readable, yet well documented, this book has extensive and fascinating quotes from historical source documents.
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.
This is a series of essays by Walter Scott on the subject of the witch-craze, demonology, and other occult topics. Scott has an antiquarian mind, and obviously relishes exposing the reader to the grotesque and the unusual.
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.
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…
This is a small book that explains some of the myths, persecutions, theories and history of this ancient and controversial practice. Chapters include, What Makes A Man Superstitious; His Religion, Or A Lack Of It?, Witchcraft And Beliefs In Evil Spirits Came To America Long Ago, Puritans Raised Hell With Witches In Early Days, Strange Evolution…