Why did I love this book?
I read the first edition of this book and fell in love with the subject. Then I spent thirty years studying the history of dangerous spirits. As a subject that belongs as much to popular culture as scholarship, the history of witchcraft has inspired many excitable and unreliable books. Levack’s study is the antidote: a superbly lucid synthesis of the best research, written with style and an easy touch. This is the book to help you really understand the complex and deeply human tragedy of witch trials.