jules michelet : WITCH!

Witch! (originally La Sorcière) is the definitive work on Satanism and sorcery by the legendary Medieval scholar Jules Michelet, published in 1862. This is the edition that started the craze for Occultism in the West in the original English translation by Lionel J. Trotter, with an all-new formatting and foreword. Long regarded as a classic for its depiction of witchcraft as essentially an act of rebellion against both the male-dominated secular and church authorities, it reads with all the drama and immediacy of a novel, and its unflinching descriptions still resonate even today with a modern audience. According to Michelet:
"The object of my book was purely to give, not a history of Sorcery, but a simple and impressive formula of the Sorceress's way of life, which my learned predecessors darken by the very elaboration of their scientific methods and the excess of detail. My strong point is to start, not from the devil, from an empty conception, but from a living reality, the Sorceress, a warm, breathing reality, rich in results and possibilities."


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