By Richard Kieckhefer
In renowned culture witches have been both practitioners of magic or those who have been objectionable indirectly, yet for early eu courts witches have been heretics and worshippers of the satan. This research concentrates at the interval among 1300 and 1500 whilst rules approximately witchcraft have been being shaped and witch-hunting was once accumulating momentum. it's focused on distinguishing among the preferred and discovered principles of witchcraft. the writer has built his personal method for distinguishing renowned from realized innovations, which supplies enough substantiation for the recognition of a few files and the rejection of others.
This contrast is by means of an research of the contents of people culture concerning witchcraft, the main easy characteristic of that's its emphasis on sorcery, together with physically damage, love magic, and climate magic, instead of diabolism. the writer then indicates how and why realized traditions turned superimposed on renowned notions – how humans taken to court docket for sorcery have been finally convicted at the extra cost of satan worship. The e-book ends with an outline of the social context of witch accusations and witch trials.