At the Crossroads

Michael Ostling

in Between the Devil and the Host

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587902
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731228 | DOI:

Series: The Past & Present Book Series

At the Crossroads

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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

Chapter.  4066 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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