The history of witches and witchcraft
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft by Rosemary Ellen GuileyIm a die hard fan of this woman. I dont even care that her books are hella expensive. I really dont. Frankly, I have yet to find another author quite like her. The book is exactly what it sounds like, an encyclopedia of all things witches. Youre not going to find specific spells, rites, etc.-- this is much more about the history of witchcraft than help practicing it. She does cover witch-related events, too, like haunting and such. And the information in this paranormal encyclopedia is organized. Very organized.
I do think she did her absolute best to collect a wealth of material. I think she did a fantastic job. I cant say there is another, more useful book (on the same subject) on my shelves. That being said, the pictures are in black and white, and they arent awe-inspiring.
Otherwise, youll find just about anything your heart desires in this book. That being said, you do have to know HOW to look. Youre not going to find what youre looking for by just skimming through the book--theres too much content for that inane twittery. Youre going to have to actually spend sometime searching the index and reading through various entries to find the exact information youre looking for. Now, I do write witches for the most part, but I cant say that Ive used this book for much more than historical reference material just yet. I do think that has to do with the fact that there is so much witch-related content in here, rather than different types of witches. If it were the latter, I could see myself using this book a little bit more than I actually do.
I did order this one from Amazon, but I ordered it used to help cut the cost down. Either way, like I said, I love this author and would probably follow her supernatural ass to the grave.
Witch Hunt - A Century of Murder
In 1660, witchcraft was ‘part of everyday life’
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Between and , thousands of people across Europe — most of them women — were accused of witchcraft and subsequently executed. But why were so many innocent people suspected of such a crime? How many were killed, and were 'witches' really burned at the stake? Here, historian and broadcaster Suzannah Lipscomb separates witch facts from fiction and explains why so much of what we believe about witches is untrue…. Witches are everywhere. In fairytales, fantasy and satire, they appear time and again as a versatile synonym for evil and transgression.
Witches were perceived as evil beings by early Christians in Europe, inspiring the iconic Halloween figure. Images of witches have appeared in various forms throughout history—from evil, wart-nosed women huddling over a cauldron of boiling liquid to hag-faced, cackling beings riding through the sky on brooms wearing pointy hats. In pop culture, the witch has been portrayed as a benevolent, nose-twitching suburban housewife; an awkward teenager learning to control her powers and a trio of charmed sisters battling the forces of evil. The real history of witches, however, is dark and, often for the witches, deadly. Early witches were people who practiced witchcraft, using magic spells and calling upon spirits for help or to bring about change.