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Levack, Brian P.

Overview
Works: 125 works in 519 publications in 5 languages and 10,166 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Textbooks  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: BF1571, 133.409 S
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Brian P Levack
The witch-hunt in early modern Europe by Brian P Levack( Book )

110 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 2,217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book first appeared in 1987. It focuses on the great age of witch-hunting in Europe (and also in colonial America), between 1450 and 1750. In these years more than 100,000 people - most of them women - were prosecuted by secular and ecclesiastical courts across Europe for allegedly practising harmful magic and worshipping the Devil. The book sets out to answer the major questions that this strange and terrible phenomenon evokes today. Why did the trials take place? Why did they suddenly proliferate in Europe at this time? How many trials were there, and where, and what were the outcomes? Why were more witches prosecuted in some countries than others? Who were the accused and who were their accusers? Why, after more than 200 years of vigorous activity, did the trials eventually dwindle away? What did they tell us about the social, economic and political history of early modern Europe, and, in particular, the position of women within it? In this timely Second Edition, Brian Levack now incorporates the latest scholarship on the subject
The formation of the British state : England, Scotland, and the Union, 1603-1707 by Brian P Levack( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie, gebaseerd op eigentijds historisch materiaal over de gebruikte argumenten met betrekking tot het verenigen van Schotland en Engeland in de 17e eeuw
The Devil within : possession & exorcism in the Christian West by Brian P Levack( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation, thousands of Europeans were thought to be possessed by demons. In response to their horrifying symptoms -- violent convulsions, displays of preternatural strength, vomiting of foreign objects, displaying contempt for sacred objects, and others -- exorcists were summoned to expel the evil spirits from victims╩╣ bodies. This compelling book focuses on possession and exorcism in the Reformation period, but also reaches back to the fifteenth century and forward to our own times. Entire convents of nuns in French, Italian, and Spanish towns, 30 boys in an Amsterdam orphanage, a small group of young girls in Salem, Massachusetts -- these are among the instances of demon possession in the United States and throughout Europe that Brian Levack closely examines, taking into account the diverse interpretations of generations of theologians, biblical scholars, pastors, physicians, anthropologists, psychiatrists, and historians. Challenging the commonly held belief that possession signals physical or mental illness, the author argues that demoniacs and exorcists -- consciously or not -- are following their various religious cultures, and their performances can only be understood in those contexts. -- Publisher description
The witchcraft sourcebook by Brian P Levack( Book )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of trial records, laws, treatises, sermons, speeches, woodcuttings, paintings and literary texts illustrates how contemporaries from various periods have perceived alleged witches and their activities
The civil lawyers in England, 1603-1641: a political study by Brian P Levack( Book )

11 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford handbook of witchcraft in early modern Europe and colonial America by Brian P Levack( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. During these years witches were thought to be evil people who used magical power to inflict physical harm or misfortune on their neighbors. Witches were also believed to have made pacts with the devil and sometimes to have worshiped him at nocturnal assemblies known as sabbaths. These beliefs provided the basis for defining witchcraft as a secular and ecclesiastical crime and prosecuting tens of thousands of women and men for this offense. The trials resulted in as many as fifty thousand executions. These essays study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas.--
The West : encounters & transformations by Brian P Levack( Book )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witchcraft in the ancient world and the Middle Ages( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witchcraft and demonology in art and literature by Brian P Levack( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witch-hunting in Scotland : law, politics, and religion by Brian P Levack( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Witch-Hunting in Scotland presents a fresh perspective on the trial and execution of the hundreds of women and men prosecuted for the crime of witchcraft, an offence that involved the alleged practice of maleficent magic and the worship of the devil, for inflicting harm on their neighbours and making pacts with the devil. Brian P. Levack draws on law, politics and religion to explain the intensity of Scottish witch-hunting. Topics discussed include: the distinctive features of the Scottish criminal justice system; the use of torture to extract confessions; the intersection of witch-hunting with local and national politics; the relationship between state-building and witch-hunting and the role of James VI; Scottish Calvinism and the determination of zealous Scottish clergy and magistrates to achieve a godly society. This original survey combines broad interpretations of the rise and fall of Scottish witchcraft prosecutions with detailed case studies of specific witch-hunts."--Provided by publisher
Witchcraft, women, and society( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witchcraft in colonial America( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witch-hunting in early modern Europe : general studies( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropological studies of witchcraft, magic, and religion( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Literature of witchcraft( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witch-hunting in continental Europe : local and regional studies( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and Italian and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance magic( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witchcraft in England( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witchcraft in Scotland( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra( Book )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes "surveys of the social role of witchcraft in European communities, as well as a full treatment of Victorian supernaturalism and of the continued importance of witchcraft and magic as topics of debate among intellectuals and others writers."--Cover
 
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The witch-hunt in early modern Europe
Alternative Names
Brian P. Levack American professor

Brian P. Levack Amerikaans historicus

Brian P. Levack amerikansk historikar

Brian P. Levack amerikansk historiker

Brian P. Levack storico statunitense

Levack, Brian.

Levack, Brian 1943-

Languages
English (252)

Italian (26)

German (13)

Spanish (6)

Polish (3)

Covers
The witchcraft sourcebookThe West : encounters & transformationsWitch-hunting in Scotland : law, politics, and religionThe Literature of witchcraftWitch-hunting in continental Europe : local and regional studiesWitchcraft in EnglandWitchcraft in ScotlandThe eighteenth and nineteenth centuries