Tag: Legal History
Dark magic and Witchcraft – a reasonable fear? The Rationale behind Witchcraft Belief in Early Modern Europe
Written by Nikita Nandanwad. Witchcraft trials have traditionally been viewed as campaigns of irrational religious belief. Yet, recent scholarship has demonstrated the complexity behind witchcraft trials and the ways they were informed by conceptions of gender.
Murderous Pigs and Ex-Communicated Rats: Edward Payson Evans’ Handbook of Animal Trials
Written by Ebba Andersson. Scholars have long relied on Edward Payson Evans’ large appendix of animal trials. From rats to goats, there are details of trials throughout European history. Yet, is there more to this text than meets the eye?