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HIST 3224 Study and Writing of History: Witchcraft and Magic, c.1400-1700 (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the practice of history through intensive reading and writing about witchcraft, magic and heresy in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Europe. Over this two hundred year period thousands of trials were conducted in church and secular courts for practices labeled sorcery, superstition, and heresy. At the same time, hundreds of published works on demonology by theologians, lawyers, and rulers portrayed in detail the many offenses against God and humanity committed by Satan and his human collaborators, the witches. Reading for the course will be chosen from primary sources (trial records, pamphlet literature, demonology, theology) and historians' interpretations. After a few weeks of common reading, students will work on individual projects.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Virginia Reinburg

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II and History Major Standing

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Last Updated: 18-Feb-15