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Witch Hunt: A Traveler's Guide to the Power and Persecution of the Witch

by Kristen J. Sollee Author

Traveling through cities and sites across Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Kristen J. Sollée—a second-generation witch herself—explores the witch as a figure of female power and persecution. Between the 15th-17th centuries, a confluence of political, economic, and religious factors ignited witch hysteria across Europe, and later, the colonies in the "New World." At the heart of the witch hunts were often dangerous misconceptions about femininity and female sexuality, and women were disproportionately punished as a result. Today, this lineage of oppression remains an important reference point through which we can contemplate women’s rights—and human rights—in the Western world and beyond. By infusing an adventurous first-person narrative with extensive research and imaginative historical fiction, Witch Hunt captures the magic of travel to make an often-misunderstood period of history come alive. (Short Discount)