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Witchcraft and its Transformations c.1650–c.1750$
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Ian Bostridge

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206538.001.0001

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Witchcraft Restored

Witchcraft Restored

(p.53) 3 Witchcraft Restored
Witchcraft and its Transformations c.1650–c.1750

Ian Bostridge

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets out to establish the nature of witchcraft theory in England in the wake of the Restoration. It suggests that during this period, witchcraft theory articulated a common anxiety to maintain the sacral nature of the state and the acceptance of a model in which the Church and secular society were somehow intertwined. It analyses the witchcraft beliefs of several noted personalities during the Restoration including Royalist Churchman Meric Casaubon, experimentalist clergyman Joseph Glanvill, and peripatetic experimenter Richard Baxter.

Keywords:   witchcraft, Restoration, religion, Meric Casaubon, Joseph Glanvill, Richard Baxter

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