Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Hardcover, original pictorial boards. 412 pp., Index, Tables. A volume in the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic Series. A fine copy without dust jacket, as issued. Note: This title is In Print in for $149.99 US. Fine. Item #312774
¶ This book provides a selection of studies on witchcraft and demonology by those involved in an interdisciplinary research group begun in Hungary thirty years ago. They examine urban and rural witchcraft conflicts from early modern times to the present, from a region hitherto rarely taken into consideration in witchcraft research. Special attention is given to healers, midwives, and cunning folk, including archaic sorcerer figures such as the táltos; whose ambivalent role is analysed in social, legal, medical and religious contexts. This volume examines how waves of persecution emerged and declined, and how witchcraft was decriminalised. Fascinating case-studies on vindictive witch-hunters, quarrelling neighbours, rivalling midwives, cunning shepherds, weather magician impostors, and exorcist Franciscan friars provide a colourful picture of Hungarian and Transylvanian folk beliefs and mythologies, as well as insights into historical and contemporary issues.
Table of contents
Gábor Klaniczay, Éva Pócs
The Social Background of Witchcraft Accusations in Early Modern Debrecen and Bihar County
Ildikó Sz. Kristóf
Witchcraft, Greed and Revenge: The Prosecutor Activity of György Igyártó and the Witch Trials of Kolozsvár in the 1580s
Healers in Hungarian Witch Trials
Divinatio Diabolica and Superstitious Medicine: Healers, Seers and Diviners in the Changing Discourse of Witchcraft in Early Modern Nagybánya
Shamanism or Witchcraft? The Táltos Before the Tribunals
The Decriminalization of Magic and the Fight Against Superstition in Hungary and Transylvania, 1740–1848
Pèter Tóth G.
Demonology and Catholic Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Hungary
Talking Through Witchcraft—on the Bewitchment Discourse of a Village Community