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Beyond the witch trials
Owen Davies and Willem de Blécourt

title of this book refers not only to the chronological emphasis of its contents, but is also indicative of the different methodological approaches that can be applied to the last of the trials, and the variety of sources that can be used to illuminate our understanding of the continued relevance of witchcraft once it was decriminalised. The contributors come from different academic disciplines, and by borrowing from literary theory, archaeology and folklore they move beyond the usual historical perspectives and sources. The emphasis is not so much on witchcraft

in Beyond the witch trials
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Alison Rowlands

capture nuances of meaning, the ways in which stories were shaped and told, and the personalities and perspectives of their tellers. In seeking to understand these texts and to offer explanations for why particular 8 WITCHCRAFT NARRATIVES IN GERMANY individuals – as either alleged or self-confessed witches, their accusers, or witnesses – said what they did, in the way that they did, about witchcraft, I privilege no single theoretical perspective. I have, for example, drawn on literary theory in my treatment of trial-records as created texts, on anthropological and

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany