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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. An historical and human compendium, from original sources in the world's great libraries, describing the witches' sabbat and pact, incubi and succubi, eyewitness reports of trials, werewolves, and vampires, sexual relations with the devil, demoniacal possessions and exorcism, poltergeists, barbarous tortures, and the theological and legal theories of the inquisition, witch An historical and human compendium, from original sources in the world's great libraries, describing the witches' sabbat and pact, incubi and succubi, eyewitness reports of trials, werewolves, and vampires, sexual relations with the devil, demoniacal possessions and exorcism, poltergeists, barbarous tortures, and the theological and legal theories of the inquisition, witchcraft, and demonology.
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Published by Bonanza Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. While the title and publishing information is correct this is not the one written Rossell Hope Robbins his was published in There is no author given for this book. However it does have an introduction written by American paranormal researched and author Hans Holzer.
So can people make sure that they are reviewing the correct one? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 03, Stephen Simpson rated it it was amazing Shelves: own. It is an encyclopedia and reads like one numerous topical entries , so don't expect it to read like a normal book. I suppose some people could quibble that the author takes a very specific definition of witchcraft, one that excludes what people would recognize today as Wicca or what Alistair Crowley was about.
Likewise, the book is quite clear in establishing that witchcraft is total bunk, so readers thinking they'll get some sort of "primer" will be very disappointed. All told, the book is an excellent reference on the paranoia and panic that surrounded witchcraft, the extent to which people were systematically tortured and abused, and those brave few who tried to fight the nonsense with logic and reason. Jul 11, Elizabeth R. Just a neat book I picked up back in the 80s after studying Chaucer with Professor Robbins.
Shouldn't everyone have a few bits of esoteric reference materials in their library? Jan 08, Steve Asher rated it it was amazing. I remember wanting to read this book for years. When I happened across this in an old book shop, I knew it was fate.
The first thing that grabbed me was the cover. I know we are not to judge a book by its cover, but what can I sat it was Gothic and pulled me in. I love how it carries elements of folklore, social beliefs, and fears of the day. I have researched the paranormal as a writer myself for a long time. Still, I found cases that I scarcely knew existed. Anyone who loves startling cases o I remember wanting to read this book for years. Anyone who loves startling cases of real life magic, demons, and macabre history this book is for you!
Aug 16, D. To put it simply, this is a remarkable book. I've been carting this thing around for something like 30 years, referring to it occasionally but never really certain I would actually sit and read right through it. I am so glad I finally did. Robbins may not have set out to write this as a readable rather than a reference book, so it is certainly to his credit that it is very enjoyable to read.
To clarify the title: Robbins makes it quite clear that his definition of 'witchcraft' is that practice d To put it simply, this is a remarkable book. To clarify the title: Robbins makes it quite clear that his definition of 'witchcraft' is that practice defined by Christian churches as heresy and persecuted during the period of the s to the s with some incidents occurring on either side of that time-frame.
So, all the entries herein are chiefly concerned with the 'witch craze' which seized Europe and America during those centuries. However, he digs deeply within those parameters. Robbins has delved into libraries throughout western continental Europe, the UK and the US to use as much original documentation as possible in exploring and explaining the events of those times.
Unlike many other occult scholars e. Robbins does not mask his contempt for witch-hunters and for the organised religion of the time, to say nothing of his feelings for the hundreds of people who sent their neighbours to their deaths by nothing more than accusations. At the same time, he does attempt to deliver an otherwise unbiased presentation of the facts from the documentation of the time.
My only problems with this book are two: the frequent black-and-white illustrations from various mostly contemporary sources are so poorly reproduced as to make some of them illegible; and the entries could benefit from a better cross-indexing, perhaps via bold print within the text or else more thorough lists at the end of each entry. For readers with even a passing interest in the witch hunts of the 16thth centuries, or even those who are willing to be persuaded to what complete nonsense the modern concept of Witches is founded upon, this is an absolute marvel of a book.
A treasure trove of useful information on the witchcraft persecutions that gripped Europe, England and Colonial America especially useful as a launching pad for further reading. The bibliographies are nearly worth the price of admission; with that said I did notice some errors namely in dates and locations e. A good book that is very repetitive if you read it from A to Z, but worthwhile.
In the end, I came away from this book with a sense of how profoundly fucked the human race really is. The editors of this book give absolutely no space to the existence of witchcraft--as it should be. So don't read this book if you're some "New Age Magician" thinking it'll tell you how to read the future or summon a demon.
This book is an encyclopedia of witchcraft and magic throughout the world. It is organized by region. It is a comphrensive read, but it is somewhat slanted and biased. It is told from a Christian perspective and seems to have a slant that magic and witchcraft is "bad" or "evil" in most forms.
View 1 comment. Aug 21, Little Miss Esoteric added it Shelves: european-history , witchcraft-trials. Jun 22, Sharon rated it liked it Shelves: finished. Well written. Jun 28, Cara rated it it was ok Shelves: historical , library , paranormal , research-purposes. This book wasn't nearly as interesting as I thought it was going to be.
The Vampire Encyclopedia was much better. I found myself easier bored and skimming through much of the book. Jun 05, sage rated it really liked it Shelves: history , metaphysics , nonfiction , reference. Mine's the 2nd edition, September Dec 14, Madamemortician rated it really liked it. I read this when I just have free time. It's pretty massive, but very interesting. Oct 03, Kristina Kiskinova rated it really liked it.
Jan 10, Aaron Meyer rated it really liked it Shelves: occult , witchcraft. A very useful encyclopedia on witchcraft and demonology. It's not the be all end all, but it is a good one to have on the reference shelf. Scooby rated it it was ok Apr 24, Wilson James rated it it was amazing Mar 19, Mark White rated it really liked it Oct 16, Alice rated it really liked it Oct 22, Netanella rated it really liked it Oct 02, Brock rated it really liked it Nov 19, Precious rated it it was amazing Aug 16,
The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology
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The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology by Robbins Rossell Hope
The Encyclopedia Of Witchcraft and Demonology
The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft & Demonology