Gender at stake critiques historians' assumptions about witch-hunting as well as their explanations for this complex and perplexing phenomenon. The authors insist on the centrality of gender, tradition and ideas about witches in the construction of the witch as a dangerous figure. They challenge the marginalisation of male witches by feminist and other historians. The book shows that large numbers of men were accused of witchcraft in their own right, in some regions, more men were accused than women. The authors analyse ideas about witches and witch prosecution as gendered artefacts of patriarchal societies under which both women and men suffered. They challenge recent arguments and current orthodoxies by applying crucial insights from feminist scholarship on gender to a selection of statistical arguments, social-historical explanations, traditional feminist history and primary sources, including trial records and demonological literature. The authors assessment of current orthodoxies concerning the causes and origins of witch-hunting will be of particular interest to scholars and students in undergraduate and graduate courses in early modern history, religion, culture, gender studies and methodology.
Author: Lara Apps, Andrew Gow Publisher: Manchester University Press Published: 01/23/2003 Pages: 200 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.55lbs Size: 8.20h x 5.30w x 0.10d ISBN: 9780719057090
Review Citation(s): Choice 03/01/2004 pg. 1361
About the Author
Lara Apps is Graduate Student Ombudsperson at the University of Alberta, where she received a Master's degree in History in 2000
Andrew Gow is Professor of History at the University of Alberta