10/29: Witchcraft and the Supernatural

Ankarloo, Bengt, and Stuart Clark. Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Vol. 5. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1999. (read p. 197 to the bottom of p. 206.)

This work deals with the reception of superstitious concepts by notable characters such as Descartes and Hobbes and Hume and how the notion of superstition and witchcraft fit in with religion and philosophy.
Burr, George Lincoln. Narrative of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706,. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1914. (p. 12-15, 229-237)
These narratives include a series of rules that indicate what incidents can be taken as signs of witchcraft and give reason for a trial to ensue. It also touches on certain trial procedures and legalities. Following is a detailed account of the trial of Susanna Martin at the Court of Oyer and Terminer in Salem Massachusetts. They describe a series of events that caused the belief of her to be a witch and an account a dialogue between the victim and the judge.

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