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Desperate Magic

The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia

Desperate Magic( )
Author: Kivelson, Valerie
ISBN:978-0-8014-6938-1
Publication Date:Jan 2013
Publisher:Cornell University Press
Book Format:Ebook
List Price:USD $79.95
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In the courtrooms of seventeenth-century Russia, the great majority of those accused of witchcraft were male, in sharp contrast to the profile of accused witches across Catholic and Protestant Europe in the same period. While European courts targeted and executed overwhelmingly female suspects, often on charges of compacting with the devil, the tsars' courts vigorously pursued men and some women accused of practicing more down-to-earth magic, using poetic spells and home-grown...
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