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Rsecutions of the middle ages possible In addition Norman Cohn's discovery that some influential sources on European witch Inner Demons The Demonization of eBook #1. Long the standard work on the subject of the rise of witch persecution in the late medievalearly modern era it still stands strong despite some cracks in Cohn's assumptionsCohn's main concern here is to trace how the great witch hunts began and importantly how they did not He demolishes past theses most famously Margaret Murray's contention that there was a European cult of fertility magic at work and shows how other documents were fake documents that historians made use of for various argumentsCohn shows the strand of stereotype and intolerance that bridges early Christianity in Europe up to the terroristic ecclesiastical persecution of usually poor women in various pocketsThe weak points are in his contentions or maybe just passing thoughts that the idea of the witch and witchcraft grew out of persecutory actions and ideas without paying much attention to the idea that there were good witches and bad witches He brings this up and makes brief mention of Ginzburg for example but dismisses it perhaps because it plays to close to Murray

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Europe's Inner Demons The Demonization of Christians in Medieval Christendom80 trials were forgeries has revolutionized the field of witchcraft making this one of the most essential books Europe's Inner MOBI #207 ever written on the subject. This book was nothing short of brilliant Cohn seeks to make the reader understand what the witch trials were and what they were not By doggedly pursuing the origins of the many facets that made the stereotype of the “witch” in the Middle Ages Cohn is able to show that the instinct to demonize the other can be traced back as far back as the classical era Cohn emphatically shows how the same accusations of incest impiety and infanticide that were lobbed by the Romans against the early Christian communities were recycled by these same Christians against the multiple “heresies” they sought to discredit Cohn also seeks to liberate the reader of the misconceptions that have surrounded this dark episode of human history By tracking the “sources” of some of the most popular fomenters of misconceptions he is able to show how all of these arose from historical hoaxes created in the intervening centuries or from uite selective reading of the available records In short this has been a fascinating and illuminating look at what gave rise to the witch trials as well as a depressing look at humankind’s penchant of scapegoating our problems into other people

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