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The appearance of witchcraft : print and visual culture in sixteenth-century Europe

Author: Charles Zika
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For centuries the witch has been a powerful figure in the European imagination; but the creation of this figure has been hidden from our view. Charles Zika's groundbreaking study investigates how the visual image of the witch was created in late fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe. He charts the development of the witch as a new visual subject, showing how the traditional imagery of magic and sorcery of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Zika
ISBN: 9780415082426 0415082420
OCLC Number: 191900940
Description: xiv, 296 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Fashioning a new visual language for witchcraft --
Transformation of sorcery and magic in the fifteenth century --
Witches, cauldrons and women's bodies --
Wild riders, popular folklore and moral disorder --
Transformation, death and sexuality in the classical world --
Biblical necromancer and two Christian saints --
Reporting the news and reading the signs --
On the margins of Christian Europe.
Responsibility: Charles Zika.
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Explores how visual representations of witchcraft contributed to the widespread acceptance of witch beliefs in sixteenth-century Europe and helped establish the preconditions for the widespread  Read more...

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