Witchcraft Author:Pennethorne Hughes Witchcraft, for most of us, is associated with Sabbats, black cats, and blood pacts with the devil. Pennethorne Hughes, however, has deliberately excised the sensation and legend in this scholarly study of a serious subject. Credence in the powers of witches he sees as the degeneration of very early religious beliefs and practices, which at th... more »eir best expressed an essential human faith in the identification of man with nature, of the self with the cosmos.
His full treatment of the early records and medieval background of the witch cult draws in notable fugures who seem to have dwelt on the fringe of a magical world--King Arthur, Jeanne d'Arc, Gilles de Rais (the original Bluebeard), and even Robin Hood. His evidence seems to suggest that some, at any rate, of the powers of witches were not to be despised.« less