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Book Review: The Witch in History, Diane Purkiss, Routledge, 1996

Issue: Vol 13 No. 3 (2011) Issue Number 3, February 1998

Journal: Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies

Subject Areas: Religious Studies

DOI: 10.1558/pome.v13i3.40


The dust jacket of this book defines Diane Purkiss as a Lecturer in English; within its pages she prefers to describe herself as a feminist literary critic. It is a potent combination, and has resulted in a thoroughly individual and important book. Its preoccupation is with the manner in which images of English witches have been formed and manipulated during two distinct periods of history, that of Elizabeth and the early Stuarts, and the late twentieth century.

Author: Ronald Hutton

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