A New History of Witchcraft

Sorcerers, Heretics & Pagans


The one authoritative concise illustrated history of witchcraft


ISBN: 9780500286340 Category:

Jeffrey B. Russell, Brooks Alexander


For nearly thirty years, during which it has been continuously in print, Jeffrey Russell’s A History of Witchcraft has been the one authoritative concise illustrated history of witchcraft.

Now, in collaboration with Brooks Alexander, who has conducted innovative researches in the field, this classic book has been fully revised with new chapters and illustrations.

Whether or not one believes in the powers of witchcraft, one must believe in the existence of witches. Here the definition of witchcraft in its many diverse forms is discussed and its historical, anthropological and religious manifestations charted from its origins through to the present day.

The book now includes an analysis of the importance of the Internet and films in the dissemination of witchcraft and the potential tensions as a movement that was originally a closed, secretive, initiatory cult becomes an open, public religion.

Additional information

Weight 653 g
Dimensions 17 x 24.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2007
Number of pages 216
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17 x 24.1 cm
Weight 653 g


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Jeffrey B. Russell is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Brooks Alexander is author of Witchcraft Goes Mainstream and has written numerous articles on witchcraft, neo-paganism and other new religious movements.