The Library is presently reviewing the following resources as part of free database trial programs.
Several factors influence the selection of new electronic resources, including, but not limited to, cost, licensing agreements, ease of use of the resource, and the importance or value of content. A database trial does not mean that the database will be added to the Library Collection.
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Witchcraft in Europe and America
The earliest texts in this collection date from the 15th century and the latest are from the early 20th century. The majority of the material concerns the 16th to 18th centuries, the so-called "classic period." In addition to these classic texts, the collection includes anti-persecution writings, works by penologists, legal and church documents, exposés of persecutions, and philosophical writings and transcripts of trials and exorcisms. Included are many rare and fragile 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. These documents, in both original manuscript and in print, often reveal the harsh penalties of remote doctrinal disputes. Perhaps the most significant of all manuscripts in the collection is the minutes of the witchcraft trial of Dietrich Flade, a sixteenth-century city judge and rector in Trier, Germany who spoke out against the cruelty and injustice of the persecutions in the 1580s. Numerous dissertations and limited printed works examining the theological, legal, and social implications of witchcraft are reproduced in their entirety.
Date Range: 1500 to 1930
Source: Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, and others
Trial ends: June 1, 2018
Maintained by Laura Crain