Marks of an Absolute Witch: Evidentiary Dilemmas in Early Modern England

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - 326 עמודים
Exploring the crime of witchcraft in early modern England, this book focuses on legal questions of proof. As a capital crime - yet one that was uniquely difficult to prove - witchcraft investigations and trials offer a fascinating lens through which to observe social and judicial attitudes towards crime, punishment and evidentiary standards. The witchcraft debate took place within the formative era of modern evidence law, and the book highlights the mutual influences between the witch trials and major legal developments.

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Introduction
1
1 Pretrial Procedure
29
2 Trial Procedure
49
3 Circumstantial Evidence
79
4 Ritual Acts and Artefacts of Witchcraft
101
5 The Devils Mark
111
6 Imps
141
7 The Swimming Test
157
9 Supernatural Evidentiary Techniques as Experiments
185
10 Judicial Assessment of Narratives and Statements
197
11 Searching for Reliable Testimony
227
12 Confession
243
Conclusions
261
Bibliography
279
Index of Names
319
Subject Index
323

8 Scratching
173

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