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A razor for a goat : a discussion of certain problems in the history of witchcraft and diabolism

Author: Elliot Rose
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©1989.
Series: Scholarly reprint series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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"First published in 1962, Elliot Rose's A Razor for a Goat is a study of witchcraft as a religion, whether the religion was a form of pagan survival or a depraved Christian (or anti-Christian) heresy. Rose surveyed witch-scares, fairy folklore, 'ritual' deaths, the Canon Episcopi, and goliards for evidence for witchcraft, and to make some suggestions about the reality behind the popular beliefs on witchcraft  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elliot Rose
ISBN: 0802067689 9780802067685
OCLC Number: 319800379
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1962.
Description: 257 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Which witch is which? --
Light from the obscure men --
Dianus versus Diabolus --
1066 and all that --
Divinity that doth hedge --
A hunt for a huntress --
What song the Syrens sang --
The gargoyles of Notre Dame --
The powers of darkness --
A tell-tale in their company.
Series Title: Scholarly reprint series.
Responsibility: Elliot Rose.

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Originally published in 1962, Elliot Rose's A Razor for a Goat was one of the first studies to debunk the dominant theory of the time that witchcraft had been an organized pre-Christian religion. A  Read more...

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