Historical Overviews

History - Remembered, Recovered, Invented, Bernard Lewis. A brief introduction to the ways in which people filter history through their personal and cultural needs, fears, and wishes, even when they're trying to be unbiased. Out of print, but well worth hunting for.

The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations, by Diane Purkiss. A feminist historian who doesn't allow her justified anger over historical atrocities against women to lead her into playing fast and loose with the facts, as she discusses all the different ways in which the image of the witch has been viewed in recent centuries.

A History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics, and Pagans, by Jeffrey B. Russell. An excellent overview, biased a bit by the author's career focus on dualist heresies and the history of the Christian Devil.

You will notice that there are very few books here from the Feminist Craft (other than Starhawk's and Patricia Monaghan's) or various supposed Hereditary Traditions of Wtchcraft. That's because most of them have been of very poor quality over the years, as far as scholarship, logic, evidence of claims, or magical technique are concerned. However, some other good books have no doubt been overlooked, including some by friends and colleagues, so I will add them in future editions if people will politely bring them to my attention.

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