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Witchcraft and its Transformations c.1650–c.1750

Ian Bostridge


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. The book 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. It 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 demi ... More

Keywords: witchcraft, civil war, Thomas Hobbes, Glorious Revolution, Jacobean witchcraft legislation, Richard Boulton, Francis Hutchinson, James Erskine of Grange, France, Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206538
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206538.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Bostridge, author