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Arras Witch Treatises : Johannes Tinctor's Invectives Contre La Secte De Vauderie and the Recollectio
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The Arras Witch Treatises presents for the first time complete and accessible English translations of two major source texts—Tinctor’sInvectives and the anonymous Recollectio—that arose from the notorious Arras witch hunts and trials in the mid-fifteenth century in France. These writings, by trial judge Jacques du Bois (believed to be the “Anonymous of Arras”) and the intellectual Johannes Tinctor, offer valuable eyewitness perspectives on one of the very first mass trials and persecutions of alleged witches in European history. More important, they provide a window onto the early development of witchcraft theory and demonology in western Europe during the late medieval period—an entire generation before the infamous Witches’ Hammer appeared.
Perfect for the classroom, this volume includes a reader-friendly introduction, which situates the treatises and trials in their historical and intellectual contexts. Scholars, students, and fans of the occult will find these translations invaluable.
The Arras Witch Treatises is the first volume in the Magic in History Sourcebooks series. These primary-source volumes are perfect for the classroom and will appeal to anyone interested in history, witchcraft, and the occult. Scholars, students, and fans of the Magic in History books will welcome these important compilations and translations. The Magic in History Sourcebooks series offers an exciting, firsthand glimpse into the exploration of history and practice of the occult.