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Marks of an absolute witch : evidentiary dilemmas in early modern England

Author: Orna Alyagon Darr
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, Vt. : Ashgate Pub., ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This work explores the social foundation of evidence law in a specific historical social and cultural context - the debate concerning the proof of the crime of witchcraft in early modern England. In this period the question of how to prove the crime of witchcraft was the centre of a public debate and even those who strongly believed in the reality of witchcraft had considerable concerns regarding its proof. In a
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Orna Alyagon Darr
ISBN: 9780754669876 0754669874 9781409430247 1409430243
OCLC Number: 695283315
Description: viii, 326 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Pre-trial procedure --
Trial procedure --
Circumstantial evidence --
Ritual acts and artefacts of witchcraft --
The devil's mark --
Imps --
The swimming test --
Scratching --
Supernatural evidentiary techniques as experiments --
Judicial assessment of narratives and statements --
Searching for reliable testimony --
Confession.
Responsibility: Orna Alyagon Darr.
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Explores the social foundation of evidence law in a specific historical social and cultural context - the debate concerning the proof of the crime of witchcraft in early modern England. This book  Read more...

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'Overall, this book should be essential reading for anyone interested in the criminal aspects of the witchcraft trials and in the history of common law.' H-Albion, 2011 'Pour conclure, c'est un Read more...

 
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