The History of Witchcraft

  • by Lois Martin
  • Narrated by Brogan West
  • 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Witchcraft has recently been undergoing a huge popular revival, but does modern pagan witchcraft really bear any resemblance to its historical antecedents? The witch in history was a very different creature from her modern counterpart, and this book sets out to explore the historical background to the European witchcraft phenomenon. It examines in detail the growth of the ideological, cultural and legal concepts that eventually led to the carnage of the Witch Craze in the 16th and 17th centuries, which, it is estimated, may have claimed the lives of around 40,000 people. For both Medieval and Reformation scholars alike the Devil and all his works were a very real threat. Their conviction that witches were the servants of Satan led to the formation of perhaps one of the greatest conspiracy theories of all time: a belief that witches were working in league with the Devil in a diabolical plot against all Christendom. Witches were transformed from poor deluded old women who rode out at night with the pagan goddess Diana into devil-worshipping heretics who became the focus of a centuries-long, Europe-wide campaign determined to seek out and destroy this evil wherever it was to be found, regardless of whether any of its victims were actually guilty or not.

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A brief look at the history of Witchcraft

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It is a brief look at the ideas and origins that created the witchcraft scare from the 13th to 17th centuries and helped fuel the mania that brought about the Witch Hunts from Europe to America.
The reader Brogan West does a good job telling the tale.
My only complaint is he makes one mistake and corrects it and this should have been edited out.
If your interested in this history I recommend this audiobook.
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- Steve Inman

I Really Liked this Brief History

This book was a great concise history of witchcraft. I really liked the discussion of the Keys of Solomon and demonology and how it fit with magic users and witches. I also found the narrator to be extremly nice to listen to. I think his accent added a lot to the subject matter. The only reaason I'm not giving it five stars is that I was disappointed in it's short length.
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- Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2009
  • Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing