The Witches of Selwood Forest: Witchcraft and Demonism in the West of England, 1625-1700

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 11.05.2017 - 310 Seiten
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The ancient forest of Selwood straddles the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire and terminates in the south where these counties meet Dorset. Until now, a comprehensive study of its exceptionally rich history of demonological beliefs and witchcraft persecution in the early modern period has not been attempted. This book explores the connections between important theological texts written in the region, notably Richard Bernard’s Guide to the Grand-Jury Men (1627) and Joseph Glanvill’s Saducismus Triumphatus (1681), influential local families such as the Hunts and the Hills, and the extraordinary witchcraft episodes associated with Shepton Mallet, Brewham, Stoke Trister, and elsewhere. In particular, it focuses on a little-known case in the village of Beckington in 1689, and shows how this was not a late, isolated episode, but an integral part of the wider Selwood Forest witchcraft story.

 

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Inhalt

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
16
Chapter Three
44
Chapter Four
62
Chapter Five
91
Chapter Six
112
Chapter Seven
134
Chapter Eight
185
Chapter Nine
213
Postscript
230
Appendix A
235
Appendix B
248
Appendix C
254
Bibliography
258
Index
272
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Andrew Pickering is a graduate of the universities of Birmingham, Keele, Bath and Leicester, UK. He is the Programme Manager for a Plymouth University BA(Hons) degree in History, Heritage and Archaeology delivered at Strode College in Street, Somerset. This is his fourth book on the history of witchcraft and witch-hunting.

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