Male Witches in Early Modern Europe by Lara Apps

By Lara Apps

This ebook reviews historians’ assumptions approximately witch-hunting in addition to their motives for this advanced and difficult phenomenon. It indicates that enormous numbers of guys have been accused of witchcraft of their personal correct, in a few areas, extra males have been accused than ladies. The authors insist at the centrality of gender, culture, and ideas approximately witches within the building of the witch as a deadly determine. They problem the marginalization of male witches by means of feminist and different historians.

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Much valuable work illuminates the role of early modern notions of gender in witchcraft prosecutions. 6 The female witch has become a site for struggles over historical method and feminist politics, but there is very little room in the research agenda for the male witch,even though men comprised 20 to 25 per cent of the total number of executed witches. 7 The exclusion of male witches from witchcraft historiography is the result of active processes and assumptions. With few exceptions, modern scholars see the witch as essentially female, and are not prepared to recognise male witches as valid historical subjects of the same importance as female witches.

29 William Monter, ‘Toads and eucharists: The male witches of Normandy, 1564–1660’, French Historical Studies 20, no. 4 (1997): 563–595: 564. , 584, table 3. , 581–584. , 588. , 589. , 590. , 592. , 590. [ 41 ] chapter1 21/12/04 8:50 am Page 42 M ALE W I T C H E S IN E A RL Y MO D E RN E URO P E 37 Labouvie, ‘Männer im Hexenprozess’, 58: ‘die uneingschränkt feministisch argumentierende Hexendiskussion der 70er Jahre, die ausschliesslich Wert auf die Perspektive der Opferrrolle von Frauen in Hexenprozessen legt’.

45 Clark, Thinking With Demons, 112. , 117. , 130. , 119–123. , 33. 50 Malcolm Gaskill poses the same question in his article ‘The Devil in the shape of a man’. 51 We have drawn on Diane Purkiss’s analysis of modern academics’ relationship to witches, The Witch in History, esp. 60–67. [ 42 ] chapter2 21/12/04 9:09 am Page 43 2 SECONDARY TARGETS? MALE WITCHES ON TRIAL As the previous chapter showed, the prevailing view in witchcraft studies is that male witches were rare exceptions to the rule and are less important and interesting, as historical subjects, than female witches.

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