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Between the Devil and the HostImagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland$
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Michael Ostling

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587902

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587902.001.0001

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At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads

Chapter:
(p.xvi) (p.1) Introduction At the Crossroads
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Between the Devil and the Host
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Michael Ostling

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587902.003.0001

This Introduction situates the imagination of witchcraft in early modern Poland using the image of the crossroads: the witch combines elements taken from elite culture and from local folklore, from the center and periphery of European culture. The chapter also locates this study in time and space: it is a study of witchcraft and witch-trials in the Korona, the Polish part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Keywords:   center and periphery, early modern Poland, witchcraft, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, crossroads, folklore, elite culture, sixteenth–eighteenth centuries, continuity and change, witch-trial

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