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Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000-1900: A Sourcebook

Valerie A. Kivelson and Christine D. Worobec


This sourcebook provides the first systematic overview of witchcraft laws and trials in Russia and Ukraine from medieval times to the late nineteenth century. The book weaves scholarly commentary with never-before-published primary source materials translated from Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. These sources include the earliest references to witchcraft and sorcery, secular and religious laws regarding witchcraft and possession, full trial transcripts, and a wealth of magical spells. The documents present a rich panorama of daily life and reveal the extraordinary power of magical words. The b ... More

Keywords: witchcraft laws, witchcraft trials, Russia, Ukraine, sorcery, possession, magical spells

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750649
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valerie A. Kivelson, editor
University of Michigan

Christine D. Worobec, editor
Northern Illinois University