This was a superb book Finally
reading it gave me perspective on not only the controversial issues it touches on the possibility it gave me perspective on not only the controversial issues it touches on the possibility a real widespread survival of pre Christian Paganism and its suppression during the Witch Hunts but also the controversy which has surrounded the book itself since its publication Personally I believe Murray s work to have been treated with undue criticism then and now Though this
book has gained respectability in recent times the scoffing that went up around it tarnished not only the worthy Parts has gained respectability in recent times the scoffing that went up around it tarnished not only the worthy Parts It But of it but s reputation in general When reading it I saw many excellent ideas fleshed out with substantial evidence for support She shows her work with extensive annotations for all the transcripts and uotes used Yes sometimes she did speculate but she was always clear that it was speculation If a reader desired another viewpoint all the evidence was there for himher to make oneFrom a personal perspective Reading the exact words of the accused and the way many spoke so passionately about their beliefs was heartening I think a ot of us have the image of tortured souls saying any wild thing that came to mind to appease the Inuisitors That was not always the case Many of the uotes especially by the wonderfully bold Isobel Gowdie showed fearlessness honesty and the kind of bluntness only possible with a person who doesn t see anything shameful in their actions Despite the tragic end of many who are uoted I salute their efforts I am proud to carry on the tradition of this attitude in my own practice whether or not a person believes the victims of the Witch Hunts to be fellow witchesAs for the tone of the book it varies between slightly dry and absolutely riveting I Communicating Effectively like my books meaty so I was well satisfied with this one Prepare yourself however for text in French German and a smattering of Latin In my edition there were no translations for these parts I am unsure if other editions might have remedied this Happily the surrounding text often sums up these uotes for we English speakers I read this book because my favorite author HP Lovecraft regularly dropped it intoists of forbidden and occult books in his many horror stories Being one of the real books mixed in with his own imaginary ones I felt it worth a read to see what it was all aboutThe book is an anthropological attempt to prove that an actual witch cult an ancient religion if you will existed and persisted throughout Europe through the ate 1600s and that the thousands of years of witch hunts were not merely Christian persecution of ug. This is a pre 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for uality uality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfec. Which gave rise to tales of fairies is weak yet she stands on it dedicating an entire appendix to it Speaking of appendices the appendix on Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rais was enlightening but not wholly convincing of the existence of the witch cult And just for fun the appendix for recipes for flying potions should entertain the curiousAll in all a shoddy
academic work andwork and of ittle real value It s a good source for uotes and starting points for further research as it is well organized and categorized alongside being at east two thirds is well organized and categorized alongside being at east two thirds uotes and passages But it is fairly difficult to read The uotes are not translated so you see Middle English non standardized Early Modern English Scotch French Early Modern and German I do not know German so I can t guess what period of the anguage You also get to read Us as Vs and Js as Is Otherwise I find this subject very interesting and appreciate that Murray approaches it as an actual historical cult rather than a bunch of people s corroborating flights of fancy This book is written by Anthropologist Margaret Murray to outline the survival beliefs and rituals of a pre Christian witchcraft centric old religion Unfortunately Murray subjectively interpreted the confessions of witch trials and manipulated and cited her findings out of context to support her theory of an old pre christian religion based around a horned god and a goddess that survived the persecution of witch trials in europe
While her work is not accepted by modern historians Murray s thesis has had great influence in the modern perceptionher work is not accepted by modern historians Murray s thesis has had great influence in the modern perception the witch and has ead to the beliefs and practices of newer neopagan religions especially including Gerald Gardner s Wicca The value in this book is not that it is historically accurate but rather as a starting point of which to understand where much of the source material for modern day Pagan religions draw from A Blindsided little slice of history I wish I could see thisiterature study redone with better scholarship Very informative and a extensive bibliography If the works could be found it would be easy to commence further research based on Ms Murray s collaboration I was only reading this because of its being so influential I couldn t finish Despite the subject matter it was agonizingly boring Yes even though I speak French Thoroughly unconvincing as actual history and thoroughly entertaining as an exercise in world building I only wish Murray hadn t eft such great swathes of her source material in its original Ye Olde French A bit dry Interesting and very pleasant. This work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. ,
Free read The Witch cult in Western Europe A Study in Anthropology,
Ly women hated women or etc but that they were actually uncovering evidence of this cult The cult is NOT supposed to be worshipers of Satan at all but the Christian bias of the On the Run legal recorders of the trials apparantly have been according to the author the reason that this so called cult wasabeled Satanic rather than just being the fertility religion she claims it isAll in all the book fails on so many The Price Of Blood (Phil Broker, levels As a scientist myself I found myself shaking my head repeatedly at theeaps in Russian Winter logic The evidence simply was not thereBy the way to those modern pagans who claim that all ancient religions have a mothergoddess slant to them you re gonna be REALLY disappointed Every scrap of evidence whatittle there is uncovered by the author points 100% to a male god oriented fertility cult For those Meg and the Mystery in Williamsburg (Meg Duncan, looking for evidence that witches worshiped a female deity you will not find that hereAlso she makes the annoying assumption that readers of her book written in English also read French and German Lots of French and German uotes with NO translation and thus effectively cutting away at her ownines of evidenceAlthough presented as an academic work is somewhat shoddy in its Pregnant Man logic andeaps to conclusionsThe extremely ong uotes in Old OLDE English for the purposes of shoring you her defense rather make it dull and dreary and tedious She would have done better to summarize and translate into modern EnglishWhat is most strikingly hard to get at is the actual workings of the supposed witch Cult Dr Murray uses the recorded testimonies of trials as written which she believably claims come with
the Christian bias of the judges and recorders Yet she does this SO much that oneChristian bias of the judges and recorders Yet she does this SO much that one to think that the witch cult really did worship Satan rather than her hypothesis which is that these people worshiped a man sometimes dressed as an animal sometimes not BUT STILL SHE DOES NOT DRAW still she does NOT draw fresh picture of the cult She eaves standing the Christian biased picture and fails utterly to say now here is what was probably REALLY going on In order to correct this I find the easiest way to actually get useful information out of the book is to read her 1 2 paragraph analysis when it can be found then skip the 5 10 pages of uotes she over provides to shore up her conclusions For instance she concludes that some witch s marks were tattoos which is an interesting theory but provides then 10 pages of uotes to shore this up Why not one or two uotes and then a Kawaii Manga longist of the other places to find such infoFinal notes her evidence that there was a dwarf race in Europe. Tions introduced by the digitization process Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience We believe. .