The essays in this Handbook, written by leading scholars working in the rapidly developing field of witchcraft studies, explore the historical literature regarding witch beliefs and witch trials in Europe and colonial America between the early fifteenth and early eighteenth centuries.
The legend of a dog which is unjustly killed by its master in error, after it has defended his child from attack by a snake or wolf, appears in several popular cultures of Indo-European origin. This book concentrates on a local cult among the peasants of the Dombes, north of Lyons, who brought their sick child to the grave of 'Saint Guinefort', the martyred greyhound, for preservation from disease. Provides rare access to the underlying cultural traditions of Europe.
The Malleus Maleficarum, first published in 1486-7, is the standard medieval text describing the evil acts of witches and the ways to exterminate them. Mackay's translation, based on his extensive research and detailed analysis of the Latin text, is the only complete English version available, and the most reliable.
An annotated bibliography of print and online primary sources for the Middle Ages from the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University. Choose from the "Subject" list to browse a particular topic.
A drama set in 13th century France revolving around Étienne de Bourbon, a Dominican friar sent by the pope to seek out heretics and a forest woman who performs ancient healing rituals. An historically accurate dramatization of the conflict between ancient customs and religious dogma. DVD