Werewolves, Witches, and Wandering Spirits

Traditional Belief and Folklore in Early Modern Europe

Edited by Kathryn A. Edwards

Hardback - £35.95

Publication date:

01 November 2002

Length of book:

264 pages

Publisher

Truman State University Press

ISBN-13: 9781931112093

Bringing together scholars from Europe, America, and Australia, this volume explores the more fantastic elements of popular religious belief: ghosts, werewolves, spiritualism, animism, and of course, witchcraft. These traditional religious beliefs and practices are frequently treated as marginal in more synthetic studies of witchcraft and popular religion, yet Protestants and Catholics alike saw ghosts, imps, werewolves, and other supernatural entities as populating their world. Embedded within notarial and trial records are accounts that reveal the integration of folkloric and theological elements in early modern spirituality. Drawing from extensive archival research, the contributors argue for the integration of such beliefs into our understanding of late medieval and early modern Europe.

“This collection of articles is a good read and a useful tool…well written, well edited, and very informative.… [It] is admirable in that the essays use a great variety of archival sources to add to our knowledge of cultural and religious practices.”

Catholic Historical Review