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The Arras Witch Treatises

Number of page: 168
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 9780271077505
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Category: History

This is the first complete and accessible English translation of two major source texts—Tinctor’s Invectives and the anonymous Recollectio—that arose from the notorious Arras witch hunts and trials in the mid-fifteenth century in France. These writings, by the “Anonymous of Arras” (believed to be the trial judge Jacques du Bois) and the intellectual Johannes Tinctor, offer valuable eyewitness perspectives on one of the very first mass trials and persecutions of alleged witches in European history. More importantly, they provide a window onto the early development of witchcraft theory and demonology in western Europe during the late medieval period—an entire generation before the infamous Witches’ Hammer appeared. Perfect for the classroom, The Arras Witch Treatises includes a reader-friendly introduction situating the treatises and trials in their historical and intellectual contexts. Scholars, students, and others interested in the occult will find these translations invaluable.

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About The Author

Andrew Colin Gow is Professor of History at the University of Alberta.

Robert B. Desjardins is an independent scholar and a graduate writing advisor at the University of Alberta.

François V. Pageau is a doctoral candidate in medieval history at the University of Alberta.

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