Howard Williams - Superstitions Of Witchcraft
THE SUPERSTITIONS OF WITCHCRAFT' is designed to exhibit a consecutive review of the
characteristic forms and facts of a creed which (if at present apparently dead, or at least
harmless, in Christendom) in the seventeenth century was a living and lively faith, and
caused thousands of victims to be sent to the torture-chamber, to the stake, and to the
scaffold. At this day, the remembrance of its superhuman art, in its different
manifestations, is immortalised in the every-day language of the peoples of Europe.
The belief in Witchcraft is, indeed, in its full development and most fearful results,
modern still more than mediæval, Christian still more than Pagan, and Protestant not
less than Catholic.