Heresy, Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe
|Publication Date||September 2003|
|Series||European Culture and Society|
Bringing together the fields of Reformation and witchcraft studies, Gary K. Waite reveals how the early-modern period's religious conflicts led to widespread confusion and uncertainty, against which alleged disbolical conspiracies served to reaffirm orthodoxy. As with the vicious persecution of Anabaptists, witch hunting was a means of restoring belief in the veracity of official teachings about the supernatural realm. Waite argues that it was only when the authorities came to terms with religious pluralism that there was a corresponding decline in witch panics.