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This comprehensive collection of digitised historical documents on witchcraft allows the exploration of the social, religious and intellectual conditions that fostered the witchcraft hysteria and allowed the deaths of a quarter of a million people
The texts date from the 15th-early 20th centuries, with most of the material from the 16th-18th centuries. They include many rare manuscripts containing eyewitness accounts and court records of the trials of witches, including harrowing original manuscript depositions taken from the victims in the torture chamber.
The collection also includes:
- Anti-persecution writings
- Works by penologists
- Legal and church documents
- Exposés of persecutions
- Philosophical writings
- Transcripts of trials and exorcisms