ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WITHCRAFT AND DEMONOLOGY by Rossell Hope Robbins

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WITHCRAFT AND DEMONOLOGY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A tremendous body of recorded fact has been asembled from more than 1000 primary reference works on what is considered an ""unknown subject"". A general introduction discusses witchcraft, which is not myth, or folklore, or magic, or Satanism, or only in a limited sense-demonology; it is theology, a form of religion, Christian heresy, and it led to some three centuries of horror and irrational cruelty when ""never were so many so wrong, so long"". The individual entries in this encyclopedia are fairly extensive accounts, covering the three hundred years of witchcraft in Europe and its ""brief flicker"" at Salem-- country by country, as well as the many manifestations and maleficia; the people involved and the trials; the church canons and statutes and bulls which were passed; the paraphernalia of witchcraft- charms and fascination and potions; its powers of divination and possession; its exorcism- to mention just a few of the many topics covered and considered. It is an impressive piece of work and should have an inestimable reference value.

Pub Date: July 17th, 1959
Publisher: Crown