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Sabbath Stories: Towards a New History of Witches’ Assemblies

Willem de Blécourt

in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199578160
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Sabbath Stories: Towards a New History of             Witches’ Assemblies

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This article focuses on the development of historians’ notions about the witches’ sabbath. One of the paradoxes of historical witchcraft studies is that the Sabbath – the presumed attendance at which was the most prominent charge against witches – has hardly been pursued as a proper topic of historical research. One reason for this is the focus on social and political history, another is the problematic nature of the major forays into the origins of the Sabbath, and yet another the sheer quantity of trial records.

Keywords: witchcraft; Sabbath; witches; historians; historical research

Article.  8347 words. 

Subjects: History ; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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