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The Witches of Lorraine$
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Robin Briggs

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198225829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198225829.001.0001

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Witch‐Finders, Witchdoctors, and Healers

Witch‐Finders, Witchdoctors, and Healers

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(p.180) 7 Witch‐Finders, Witchdoctors, and Healers
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The Witches of Lorraine
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Robin Briggs (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198225829.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the lives of individuals sometimes called ‘white witches’, men and women who formed part of a ragged and disorganized phenomenon which historians of early modern medicine now call the ‘medical market-place’, an array of practitioners ranging from university-trained physicians to villagers credited with some modest gift for healing. Topics discussed include clergy, lawyer, and doctor involvement in cases; popular medical practitioners and devins; life stories of the six most active practitioners who were tried for witchcraft; the healer Nicolas Noel le Bragard; and magical healing and conceptions of illness.

Keywords:   healers, white witches, lawyers, doctors, devins, medical practitioners, illness

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