French Honours Option
Selected pages from the 1613 edition of Pierre de Lancre's Tableau de l'inconstance des mauvais anges et demons are presented here. This book is one of the core texts of the French Honours option on Stagecraft and Witchcraft and is crucial to understanding the historical context of the great witchcraft persecutions of the early modern period.
Published in Paris by Nicolas Buon, this book followed
an earlier edition of 1612, but is described as being 'reveu,
corrigé, & augmenté
de plusieurs nouvelles observations, arrests, & autres choses
notables'. Although copies of a modern edition of the work are
available for loan (Level
6 Main Lib Anthrop K495 LANCR & Level 2 Short Loan Anthrop K495
LANCR), this modern edition lacks all the classical and
mythological references incuded in the original and fails to reprint
its plate; furthermore, examination of one of the original copies gives an extra
dimension to understanding the seventeenth century mindset.
Students might also find the Humbul Humanities Hub Renaissance of Witchcraft Studies web page useful for finding further resources in this area.
|Click on the links below to view each page (then click
on 'back' button to return to this index page).
Note on printing: most of these pages have been scanned at a resolution of 100 d.p.i. : this enlarges the text of the original to enhance legibility. The easiest way to print out the image files at A4 size is to right click on the larger version of the image and then save a copy for printing out using imaging software (e.g. save the image, open up Microsoft Photo Editor, open up the saved image, and print out ticking the 'fit to page' option from the print menu).
sections of plate in detail
This book is from the Ferguson collection in which there are many other volumes on the subject of witches and witchcraft; see the on-line Damned Art exhibition for a selection of other books relating to the history of witchcraft and demonology, drawn mainly from the Ferguson collection.
Also by Pierre de Lancre: L'incredulite et mescreance du sortilege plainement conuaincue. Ou il est amplement et curieusement traicte, de la verite ou illusion du sortilege, de la fascination, de l'attouchement, du scopelisme, de la diuination, de la ligature ou liaison magique, des apparitions: et d'vne infinite d'autres rares & nouueaux subjects Paris: Nicolas Buon, 1622 Sp Coll Ferguson Add. q38
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Stagecraft and Witchcraft page created by Julie Gardham: July 2003