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Author Name:    ANGLO, Sydney, (ed.)

Title:   Damned Art : Essays in the Literature of Witchcraft. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1977, ISBN:0710085893 

Seller ID:   105669

ANGLO, Sydney, (ed.). The Damned Art : Essays in the Literature of Witchcraft. London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1977). First Edition. Pp (4),v-viii,1-258,(2). Index. 8vo, black cloth, silver lettering to spine. "Learned demonological literature, though frequently cited, is little read; and facile generalisation about such material has preceded the detailed study of individual texts. The Damned Art seeks to reverse this process. Only indirectly concerned with the unanswerable problems of popular mentality which have largely occupied recent students of medieval and renaissance witch persecution, the book approaches witchcraft and demonology through literary records. The works discussed deal not with the inchoate prejudices of the multitude but rather with contemporary theories propounded by those who sought either to justify, or to refute, persecution. Eight scholars of differing interests, and with different approaches to their subject, examine a selection of important, representative witchcraft texts - published in England, France, Germany, Italy and America - setting them within their intellectual context,and analysing both their style and argument. Thus not only the emotionalis m, but also the methodology of witchcraft belief is set before the modern reader; and the latter is, perhaps, even more harrowing than the former." (from he dj). Contents : 1. Evident authority and authoritative evidence : The malleus maleficarum (by Sydney Anglo). 2. Witchcraft and magic in Renaissance Italy : Gianfrancesco Pico and his Strix (by Peter Burke). 3. Johann Weyer's De praestigiis daemonum : unsystematic psychopathology (by Christopher Baxter). 4. Jean Bodin's De la demonomanie des sorciers : the logic of persecution (by Christopher Baxter). 5. Reginald Scot's Discoverie of witchcraft : scepticism and Sadduceeism (by Sydney Anglo). 6. A Tudor anthropologist : George Gifford's Discourse and dialogue (by Alan Macfarlane). 7. KingJames's Daemonologie : witchcraft and kingship (by Stuart Clark). 8. Pierr e de Lancre's Tableau de l'inconstance des mauvais anges et demons : the sabbat sensationalised (by Margaret M. McGown). 9. Cotton Mather's Wonders ofthe invisible world : some metamorphoses of Salem witchcraft (by M. Wynn T homas). 10. Two late Scottish witchcraft tracts : Witch/craft proven and The tryal of witchcraft (by Christina Larner). Epilogue : The desiderata of disbelief (by Sydney Anglo). Some underlining in pen, else very good in spine-browned, price-clipped dustjacket. 30.00


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