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Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland, 1500-1800 is the first comprehensive study of Polish demonology examined together with the records of witchcraft trials in Wielkopolska. Wyporska's detailed exploration reveals many different versions of the witch: from harbinger of evil to much-admired housewife, shattering the assumption that the witch was universally loathed. Contempor Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland, 1500-1800 is the first comprehensive study of Polish demonology examined together with the records of witchcraft trials in Wielkopolska. Wyporska's detailed exploration reveals many different versions of the witch: from harbinger of evil to much-admired housewife, shattering the assumption that the witch was universally loathed. Contemporary voices reveal an awareness of the dynamics behind the persecution and an intensely critical attitude towards abuses rife in the courtroom. This groundbreaking new work looks at the many reasons why individuals used witchcraft, accused each other and admitted to carrying out witchcraft. It goes behind the trials to discover narratives of abuse, power struggles, and the relationships between men and women in the early modern period.


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Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland, 1500-1800 is the first comprehensive study of Polish demonology examined together with the records of witchcraft trials in Wielkopolska. Wyporska's detailed exploration reveals many different versions of the witch: from harbinger of evil to much-admired housewife, shattering the assumption that the witch was universally loathed. Contempor Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland, 1500-1800 is the first comprehensive study of Polish demonology examined together with the records of witchcraft trials in Wielkopolska. Wyporska's detailed exploration reveals many different versions of the witch: from harbinger of evil to much-admired housewife, shattering the assumption that the witch was universally loathed. Contemporary voices reveal an awareness of the dynamics behind the persecution and an intensely critical attitude towards abuses rife in the courtroom. This groundbreaking new work looks at the many reasons why individuals used witchcraft, accused each other and admitted to carrying out witchcraft. It goes behind the trials to discover narratives of abuse, power struggles, and the relationships between men and women in the early modern period.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Nightshade Purplebroom

    This is a very comprehensive look at the Witchcraft trials in Poland. Wyporska's data was gathered from the most comprehensive listings of the trials that she could find which came from one sample in Wielkopolska, and therefore this study is not to be taken as representing Poland as a whole. Wyporska looks at the context surrounding the trials including environmental and climactic changes, political and social unrest, and religious beliefs. In doing this she gives an incredibly vivid account of This is a very comprehensive look at the Witchcraft trials in Poland. Wyporska's data was gathered from the most comprehensive listings of the trials that she could find which came from one sample in Wielkopolska, and therefore this study is not to be taken as representing Poland as a whole. Wyporska looks at the context surrounding the trials including environmental and climactic changes, political and social unrest, and religious beliefs. In doing this she gives an incredibly vivid account of the era in which the witch trials took place within Wielkopolska, highlighting the tensions within the society between different classes, Protestanism and Catholicism, as well as gender. Wyporska looks both at trial records, and at the literature of the time, highlighting the somewhat contradictory and complex way in which witches were viewed during the period, as well as the differences and similarities between the Polish trials and trials which took place in Europe. I was drawn to this book and its study due to my own Polish ancestry, and my interest in Witchcraft history. I found the book to be incredibly helpful in detailing the context of the trials and some of the varied beliefs of the accused, and of the general populace. The most fascinating and disturbing aspect of my study of this book and others like it, has been the similarity between the witch trials and the trials which still take place within African countries, and other parts of the world. The same patterns present themselves in communities which are fraught with drought, inclement weather, food shortages, political struggles, patriarchal domination, and religious and community tension. Whether one is interested in the trials in general, or particularly with the Polish trials, I highly recommend this book.

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