Witches and witchcraft have fascinated not only the people of the premodern era, but also modern scholars who produced a tremendous amount of scholarship that has covered not only a large geographic area but also a wide variety of topics related to this subject in European history. Scholars have studied the legal and cultural underpinnings of witch-hunts; records of witch trials and works on witchcraft have served scholars as sources for the history of women and gender and the history of folk medical practices in the premodern era. Anyone interested in the history of witchcraft and magic in Europe can find an almost overwhelming amount scholarship on the subject, focusing on the German lands, Italy, England, and France. But readers interested in areas beyond western and southern Europe would have more problems learning about the topic, unless they were able to read in the local languages. This is certainly the case for Poland. Scholarship on witchcraft in Poland has been quite impressive but, save for a few articles in English, German, or French, it has been limited to those able to read Polish. Michael Ostling's book Between the Devil and the Host is the first large scale attempt to remedy this situation.
- early modern popular religion
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