Witchcraft in Poland: milk and malefice

Ostling, Michael (2013). Witchcraft in Poland: milk and malefice. In Brian P. Levack (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America (pp. 318-333) Oxford United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0019

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Author Ostling, Michael
Title of chapter Witchcraft in Poland: milk and malefice
Title of book The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America
Place of Publication Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0019
Year available 2013
Series Oxford handbooks in history
ISBN 9780199578160
Editor Brian P. Levack
Chapter number 18
Start page 318
End page 333
Total pages 16
Total chapters 32
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This article discusses the history of witchcraft in Poland. There were at least 867 known witch-trials and at least 558 accused witches in the Polish Crown between 1511 until the abolition of witchcraft as a capital crime in 1776. Given the preliminary state of scholarship on Polish witch-trials, and the poor state of the Polish archives – nearly 80 per cent of the records of the Central Archives of Old Records were deliberately burnt by the Nazis in the dying days of the Second World War – these numbers must be treated as minimum figures only.
Keyword Witchcraft prosecutions
Witch trials
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Print Publication Date: March 2013 Online Publication Date: May 2013

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