Why have societies all across the world feared witchcraft? This book delves deeply into its context, beliefs, and origins in Europe´s history The witch came to prominence-and often a painful death-in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early-modern stake. This book sets the notorious European witch trials in the widest and deepest possible perspective and traces the major historiographical developments of witchcraft. Hutton, a renowned expert on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism and witchcraft beliefs, combines Anglo-American and continental scholarly approaches to examine attitudes on witchcraft and the treatment of suspected witches across the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North and South America, and from ancient pagan times to current interpretations. His fresh anthropological and ethnographical approach focuses on cultural inheritance and change while considering shamanism, folk religion, the range of witch trials, and how the fear of witchcraft might be eradicated.
Tea´s gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become an asha--one who can wield elemental magic--Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.
Poor Belladonna longs to be an evil enchantress - but how? A wonderful mad, delightful adventure from the author of The Journey to the River Sea.´´Find me a witch!´´ cries Arriman the Awful, feared Wizard of the North. Arriman has decided to marry. His wife must be a witch of the darkest powers - but which witch will she be? To find the most fiendish, he holds a spell-casting competition.Glamorous Madame Olympia performs the terrifying Symphony of Death and conjures up a thousand plague-bearing rats. But the magic of gentle Belladonna, the white witch, goes hopelessly wrong. She produces perfumed flowers instead of snakes. And bats roost in her golden hair instead of becoming blood-sucking vampires. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lesley Sharp. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000400/bk_macm_000400_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A year after her husband´s sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat´s death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her - a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she´s near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision: a boatful of ancient people approaching her across the water. On this same lake in Celtic times lived Seren, a witch and shaman. She was respected but feared, kept separate from the community for her strange looks. When a vision came to her of the Prince amid a nest of vipers, she warned of betrayal from one of his own. Prince Brynach both loved and revered her, but could not believe someone close to him wished him harm, even as the danger grew. In her own time, Tilda´s grief begins to fade beside her newfound powers and a fresh love. When she explores the lake´s ancient magic and her own she discovers Seren, the woman in her vision of the boat. Their two lives strangely mirror each other´s, suggesting a strong connection between the women. As Tilda comes under threat from a dark power, one reminiscent of Seren´s prophecy, she must rely on Seren and ancient magic if death and disaster are not to shatter her life once more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marisa Calin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001966/bk_aren_001966_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dunny knew from an early age what it meant to be an outsider. Her special abilities earned her many names, like freak and water witch. So she vowed to keep her powers a secret. Now, though, her talents may be the only hope for two missing children. A young boy and girl have vanished, feared lost in the mysterious bayous of Louisiana. But they didn’t just disappear; they were taken. By something far more dangerous than the ghosts and spirits living in the swamp. Something with very special plans for the children - and for anyone who dares to interfere.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Xe Sands. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/001009/bk_bimo_001009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price. When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she´s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha - one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller, Will Damron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009754/bk_blak_009754_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary´s startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World. How long can she hide her true identity? Will she ever find a place where her healing powers will not be feared? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Ehle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/000999/bk_lili_000999_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.