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Witchcraft in Europe in Middle Ages and Early Modern Period was believed to be a combination of sorcery and heresy. While sorcery attempts to produce negative supernatural effects through formulas and rituals, heresy is the Christian contribution to witchcraft in which an individual makes a pact with the Devil. In addition, heresy denies witches the recognition of important Christian values such as baptism, salvation, Christ and sacraments. In Early Modern European tradition, witches were stereotypically, though not exclusively, women. European pagan belief in witchcraft was associated with the goddess Diana and dismissed as "diabolical fantasies" by medieval Christian authors. Witch-hunts first appeared in large numbers during the 14th and 15th centuries. It was commonly believed that individuals with power and prestige were involved in acts of witchcraft and even cannibalism.

Table of Contents:

The Superstitions of Witchcraft by Howard Williams

The Devil in Britain and America by John Ashton

Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin

Witch, Warlock, and Magician by W. H. Davenport Adams

The Witch Mania by Charles Mackay

Magic and Witchcraft by George Moir

Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland by John G. Campbell

Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the South-Western District of Scotland by John Maxwell Wood

Practitioners of Magic & Witchcraft and Clairvoyance by Bram Stoker

Witch Stories by E. Lynn Linton

Mary Schweidler, the Amber Witch by Wilhelm Meinhold

Sidonia, the Sorceress by Wilhelm Meinhold

Glimpses of the Supernatural – Witchcraft and Necromancy by Frederick George Lee

Letters On Demonology And Witchcraft by Sir Walter Scott

La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages by Jules Michelet

Modern Magic by M. Schele de Vere

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