The Witch-cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology

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Clarendon Press, 1921 - 303 pages
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While Margaret Murray's book is classic research into the witch trials of the middle ages and their connection to pre-Christian pagan religion is historically important as a Wiccan/Neopagan foundation ... Read full review

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Even though it's been debunked by modern scholars, this is valuable for the insight into where Gardner got his original historical influences. Read full review

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Page 239 - That one night, before day was gone, as he was going home from his labour, being very sad and full of heavy thoughts, not knowing how to get meat and drink for his wife and children, he met a fair woman in fine...
Page 45 - Witches, as being an head Actor at some of their Hellish Randezvouzes, and one who had the promise of being a King in Satan's Kingdom, now going to be Erected : He was accused by Nine Persons for extraordinary Lifting, and such feats of Strength as could not be done without a Diabolical Assistance.
Page 206 - in the name of the Father and of the Sonne and of the Holy Ghost, Amen!
Page 82 - Devil leaveth other marks upon their body, sometimes like a blue spot or red spot, like a flea-biting ; sometimes the flesh sunk in and hollow (all which for a time may be covered, yea taken away, but will come...
Page 234 - Then would I never tire, Janet, In Elfish land to dwell ; But aye, at every seven years, They pay the teind to hell ; And I am sae fat and fair of flesh, I fear 'twill be mysell.
Page 23 - And we earnestly forbid every heathenism ; heathenism is, that men worship idols, that is, that they worship heathen gods, and the sun or the moon, fire or rivers, water-wells or stones, or forest trees of any kind ; or love witchcraft, or promote ' morth'work in any wise ; or by ' blot,' or by ' fyrht ; or perform anything pertaining to such illusions.
Page 27 - Prayers they both set up a very loud Laughter, calling for the Devil to come and help them in such a Blasphemous manner as is not fit to Mention, so that the Sherif seeing their presumptious Impenitence caused them to be Executed with all the Expedition possible ; even while they were Cursing and raving ; and as they liv'd the Devil's true Factors so they resolutely Dyed in his service, to the Terror [of] all People who were eye- Witnesses of their dreadful and amazing Exits.
Page 96 - Neap.' ie Porta, the following receipts for the miraculous transportation of witches : 'H. Thi fat of yoong children, and seeth it with water in a brasen vessell, reseruing the thickest of that which remaineth boiled in the bottome, which they laie vp and keepe, vntill occasion serueth to vse it.
Page 24 - It is come to our ears," says the bull, " that numbers of both sexes do not avoid to have intercourse with the infernal fiends, and that by their sorceries they afflict both man and beast...
Page 53 - Doctor, notwithstanding that his owne confession appeareth, remaining in recorde under his owne hande writting, and the same thereunto fixed in the presence of the Kings Majestie and sundrie of his Councell, yet did hee utterly denie the same. Whereupon the Kings Majestie, perceiving his stubborne wilfulnesse, conceived and imagined, that in the time of his absence, hee had entered into newe conference and league with the Devill his maister.

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