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Witchcraft and its Transformations, c.1650-c.1750

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Witchcraft and its Transformations, c.1650-c.1750 by Ian Bostridge
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This book is about the significance of witchcraft in English public life (c.1650-c.1750), and deals with contemporary opinion regarding its theological, philosophical, and legal dimensions. Ian Bostridge discusses civil war politics, the writings of Thomas Hobbes, the debate about witchcraft at the time of the Glorious Revolution, and the disputes surrounding the repeal of Jacobean witchcraft legislation in 1736. He also examines the work of less familiar writers and propagandists such as Richard Boulton, Francis Hutchinson, and James Erskine of Grange, and balances this account of the gradual demise of witchcraft theory in Britain with a comparative case study of the debate in France. Finally, by asserting that witchcraft remained a serious topic of debate well into the eighteenth century, and that its descent into polite ridicule had as much to do with politics as with the birth of reason, Witchcraft and its Transformations offers a lively critique of current interpretations of English popular culture and political change.

Author Biography

Ian Bostridge is a young British tenor making his mark on the opera and concert stage. He sings full-time, but is also writing a book, provisionally entitled "Being a Singer", to be published by Methuen in 1998.
Release date NZ
June 1st, 1997
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
frontispiece, 9 halftones
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
288
Dimensions
146x224x25
ISBN-13
9780198206538
Product ID
1859148

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