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Marks of an Absolute Witch : Evidentiary Dilemmas in Early Modern England.

Author: Orna Alyagon Darr
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Taylor and Francis, 2011.
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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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Darr, Orna Alyagon.
Marks of an Absolute Witch : Evidentiary Dilemmas in Early Modern England.
Abingdon, Oxon : Taylor and Francis, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Orna Alyagon Darr
ISBN: 9781409430247 1409430243
OCLC Number: 1027491217
Description: 1 online resource (335 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Contents --
List of Figures --
Introduction --
1 Pre-trial Procedure --
2 Trial Procedure --
3 Circumstantial Evidence --
4 Ritual Acts and Artefacts of Witchcraft --
5 The Devil's Mark --
6 Imps --
7 The Swimming Test --
8 Scratching --
9 Supernatural Evidentiary Techniques as Experiments --
10 Judicial Assessment of Narratives and Statements --
11 Searching for Reliable Testimony --
12 Confession --
Conclusions --
Bibliography --
Index of Names --
Subject Index.

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Exploring the crime of witchcraft in early modern England, this book focuses on legal questions of proof. As a capital crime - yet one that was uniquely difficult to prove - witchcraft investigations  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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