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The history of witchcraft and demonology

Author: Montague Summers
Publisher: Secaucus, N.J. : Castle Books, ©1992.
Series: History of civilization.
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"Vividly detailed and highly readable, this classic history of witchcraft and demonology provides a thorough exploration of sorcery, Satanism, and every variety of the black arts. Reflecting popular folklore and theological opinions of the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, this survey of necromancy traces witchcraft from ancient times to the twentieth century, describing the link between heresy and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Montague Summers
ISBN: 1555218067 9781555218065
OCLC Number: 27351786
Notes: Originally published 1926.
Description: 353 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The witch : heretic and anarchist --
The worship of the witch --
Demons and familiars --
The Sabbat --
The Witch in Holy Writ --
Diabolic possession and modern spiritism --
The Witch in dramatic litersture.
Series Title: History of civilization.
Responsibility: Montague Summers.

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"Vividly detailed and highly readable, this classic history of witchcraft and demonology provides a thorough exploration of sorcery, Satanism, and every variety of the black arts. Reflecting popular folklore and theological opinions of the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, this survey of necromancy traces witchcraft from ancient times to the twentieth century, describing the link between heresy and the occult. Threaded with dramatic accounts of witch trials and devil's pacts, this time-tested reference offers a compelling look at The Worship of the Witch, Demons and Familiars, the Sabbat, and Diabolic Possession and Modern Spiritism. It also offers fascinating insight into the role of the Witch in Dramatic Literature. A prolific occult historian, Montague Summers wrote numerous books, and he edited and translated such important early demonology and witchcraft texts as the Malleus Maleficarum. An intriguing perspective on the development of the black arts and their heretical interpretations by society, church, and state, The History of Witchcraft and Demonology will capture the attention of the general reader as well as the occult enthusiast."--Amazon.ca 2007 Dover ed. description.

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