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Witches on the Web: A Review of Some Scholarly Sites on Witches

Liang, Anita; Baider, Fabienne. Feminist Collections: a Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources; Madison Vol. 20, Iss. 2,  (Jan 31, 1999): 12.

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International Trends: The Witch "She"/the Historian "He" by Elspeth Whitney

URL: 16.html Developed and maintained by: Michael S. Seiferth (Palo Alto College), [email protected] Last updated: October 4, 1998.

Date of review: October 4, 1998.

This page consists of a single but scholarly essay that examines the current state of scholarship on gender and the European witch hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It also suggests some directions for further work such as the mirror image of the saint/witch female icons. The essay's main argument is that the witch hunt established a connection linking women with the Devil and therefore succeeded in subjugating women who were not dependent on men. This twenty-five-page document (originally published in Journal of Women's History, Fall, 1995) includes a mine of classic references (one of the best encountered on this topic) and more upbeat works such as Judith Brown's Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy (Oxford, 1986) and Ellen Goody's "Legitimate and Illegitimate Aggression in a West African State" (1970).

The Dark Side of Christian History By Helen Ellerbe

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Last updated: August 1, 1998.

Date of review: October 1, 1998.

This site also focuses on the European witch hunt and covers the period from 1450 until 1750. It is Chapter Eight of Helen Ellerbe's book The Dark Side of Christian History (Morningstar Books, 1995). This well-written essay integrates plenty of substantial information in seven pages; it contains more than one hundred footnotes. Unfortunately, the footnote links are not all accessible: only twenty-one can be read, and they consist of book references.

Steph's Witch Hunt Pages


Developed and maintained by: Stephanie Du Barry, [email protected]

Last updated: September 1998.

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