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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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The Last Debate?

The Last Debate?

(p.139) 6 The Last Debate?
Witchcraft and its Transformations c.1650–c.1750

Ian Bostridge

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the last major debate on the issue of witchcraft in England during the early 18th century. This debate was between Richard Boulton and Francis Hutchinson. In 1715, Boulton published his first book on witchcraft titled A Compleat History of Magick, Sorcery, and Witchcraft. After reading the book, Hutchinson criticized Boulton through the publication of his Historical Essay Concerning Witchcraft. To this Boulton retaliated and issued a more analytical work titled Vindication, which was published in 1722.

Keywords:   witchcraft, England, Richard Boulton, Francis Hutchinson, A Compleat History of Magick, Sorcery, and Witchcraft, Historical Essay Concerning Witchcraft, Vindication

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