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The Witches of Lorraine

Robin Briggs


This book analyses the beliefs, social tensions, and behaviour patterns underlying popular attitudes to witchcraft. Based on perhaps the richest surviving archive of witchcraft trials to be found in Europe, this book reveals the extraordinary stories held within those documents. They paint a vivid picture of life amongst the ordinary people of a small duchy on the borders of France and the Holy Roman Empire. Intense persecution occurred in the period 1570-1630, but the focus of this book is more on how suspects interacted with their neighbours over the years preceding their trials. One of the ... More

Keywords: witchcraft, persecution of witches, sabbats, shapeshifting, werewolves, devins, cunning-folk, male witches

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198225829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198225829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Briggs, author
Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford.
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