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Between the devil and the host : imagining witchcraft in early modern Poland

Author: Michael Ostling
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Series: Past & present book series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" ... Michael Ostling tells the story of the imagined Polish witches, showing how ordinary peasant-women got caught in webs of suspicion and accusation, finally confessing under torture to the most heinous of crimes ... Through the dark glass of witchcraft Ostling explores the religious lives of early modern women and men: their gender attitudes, their Christian faith and folk cosmology, their prayers and spells,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Ostling
ISBN: 9780199587902 0199587906
OCLC Number: 751748759
Description: ix, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : at the crossroads --
I. History. Contexts ; Imagining witchcraft in literature and law ; A winding road to the stake ; Mechanisms of justice --
II. Religion. Healing and harming ; Stealing the sacred ; Broken bodies ; Piety in the torture chamber --
III. Demonology. A candle for the devil ; Demon lovers ; Translating the devil --
Conclusions --
Appendix : Polish witch-trials 1511-1775.
Series Title: Past & present book series.
Other Titles: Imagining witchcraft in early modern Poland
Responsibility: Michael Ostling.

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