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Between the Devil and the HostImagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland$
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Michael Ostling

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587902

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587902.001.0001

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At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads

(p.xvi) (p.1) Introduction At the Crossroads
Between the Devil and the Host

Michael Ostling

Oxford University Press

This Introduction situates the imagination of witchcraft in early modern Poland using the image of the crossroads: the witch combines elements taken from elite culture and from local folklore, from the center and periphery of European culture. The chapter also locates this study in time and space: it is a study of witchcraft and witch-trials in the Korona, the Polish part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Keywords:   center and periphery, early modern Poland, witchcraft, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, crossroads, folklore, elite culture, sixteenth–eighteenth centuries, continuity and change, witch-trial

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