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Response to Review no. 565

I am most grateful to Dr Webster for his careful, thoughtful, and sympathetic review. His perception of the purpose behind the book is acute, his analysis is thorough, and his judgments are extremely fair. In fact, there is so little to cavil at in Dr Webster’s discussion of Interpreting Christian History that I considered simplyContinue reading “Response to Review no. 565”

Luther and German Humanism

Historians of sixteenth-century Germany, especially those writing in the English language, owe a considerable debt to the work of Lewis W. Spitz. In his The Religious Renaissance of the German Humanists (Cambridge, Mass., 1963) Spitz gave us what is still an unsurpassed survey of the lives, works, and characters of the German Renaissance humanists ofContinue reading “Luther and German Humanism”

Witches and Neighbours: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft

‘Much nonsense has been written on this subject’, wrote Keith Thomas in a famous and influential footnote to his own pioneering chapter on English witchcraft in Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971). In similar vein, Robin Briggs remarks near the st art of this magnificent new survey that ‘common assumptions about the subject tendContinue reading “Witches and Neighbours: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft”