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by Robin Briggs
Robin Briggs' Witches and Neighbors can be both fascinating and irritating at times throughout the book (and often both at once)
Robin Briggs' Witches and Neighbors can be both fascinating and irritating at times throughout the book (and often both at once). For the area that it does cover, it is minutely thorough. This can be both good or bad as there are many, many anecotes used for evidence of the various themes covered in the book but there is no broad perspective presented and defended.
Witches and Neighbors is a remarkable interpretation of the course and causes of the fear and persecution of witches that bedeviled Europe for centuries. In particular, he employs his own extensive work in the rich archives hidden away in the area in Europe in which so many cases became known
But witch-lynchings continued sporadically through the 1800s, and instances are even known for the 20th century
But witch-lynchings continued sporadically through the 1800s, and instances are even known for the 20th century. VILLAGE WITCHCRAFT DYNAMICS One valuable contribution of Witches and Neighbors is its description of folk rituals that defused tensions and fears of witchcraft in the villages of Lorraine and elsewhere. Briggs’ evidence complements Hans Sebald’s earlier study of similar dynamics in Franconian Switzerland.
Witches and Neighbors book. Witches and Neighbors seems to be Robin Briggs' entry into an ongoing discussion about the causes and effects of European "witchcraft. I had the impression that he was inspired to write partially by the modern neopagan movements: several times he points out that the I borrowed this book from a friend, and I do appreciate the loan: it has a lot of good ideas, and I learned a lot from reading it. However, the prose was too opaque, and the organization too repetitive, to make it a fulfilling read.
See Author's Response. The resulting book will have a deeply corrosive effect on all sorts of traditional wisdom about the subject of witchcraft and society.
Witches and Neighbours is a highly original and unconventional analysis of a fascinating historical phenomenon. Unlike other studies of the subject which focus on the mechanisms of persecution, this book presents a rich picture of witchcraft as an all-pervasive aspect of life in early modern Europe.
He starts by looking at the definition of witchcraft, something that is not often approached in other books of this type. From there, the book studies topics such as the gender issue. The best book on the history of witchcraft I've ever read. com User, October 30, 2003.
a thorough and intriguing look at the witch hunt. briggs does a fine job of showing how the seventeenth century craze was sustained by villagers against their neighbors, as opposed to the earlier anti-witch sentiments that came from the institutions. Myths of the Perfect Witch.
Witches and neighbors. The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft. But Briggs fails to adequately explain the demise of witchcraft in most European cultures in the 17th century.
Witches and Neighbors: the Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft. Briggs goes on to consider how tales of the Sabbat must have been told and retold in social situations and among children, until it passed into the genuine folklore of their regions. New York: Viking Penguin, 1996. xviii + 457 pp. Maps, bibliography, and index. Indeed, well-developed Sabbat stories generally came from children supposedly taken there by their elders. For them, in particular, the Sabbat story "was often mediated through personal fantasy and dreams to relate to the personal conflicts of the individual" (p. 49).
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