Importance of Scholarly Perspective on the History of European Witchcraft

While I understand how Wicca came about (Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton is a good source), I don’t understand what occurred in Europe in 400 to 1700 centuries.

So, I have my beloved Witchcraft Reader, which gets into specifics and the book I just bought Witchcraft in Europe, which presents many primary documents, might fill the gaps in my history.

Both books are hard to read, which I understand that most most of us don’t even want to touch, but I think reading what historians say on European history would give us a better perspective on how witchcraft and paganism has evolved.


I feel like witchcraft (especially) has reached new heights in the modern age. On a scholarly level, this type of witchcraft can be categorized as pagan is up for debate (I assume everyone has their own type of witchery whether or not it’s pagan).

But, anyway, I digressed. Witchcraft has become a spirituality and sometimes a religion to people nowadays. It’s weird to think that witchcraft and witches started out as a scapegoat in Europe between 400 – 1700 centuries and now, it’s totally different.

Note: I’m writing this as of now July 6, 2017. I haven’t read all my historical books just yet so, keep that in mind.

2 Replies to “Importance of Scholarly Perspective on the History of European Witchcraft”

  1. Oh that looks fascinating but I’m not sure I would be able to read the whole thing. Is it very dry and ‘history’ class type of reading? I will gladly wait for your reviews, perspectives, highlights or takeaways from these. 🙂


    1. It is dry. Fortunately, I have plenty of experience reading dry books in college! Yeah. Definitely, I’ll try to get some posts out. I also wanted to write about what I learn!

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