Between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, a specter was haunting Europe, the specter of witchcraft. The West was swept by the growing preoccupation of ecclesiastical and secular authorities with the threat posed by witches—that is, by people, most often women, who were believed to be practitioners of magic, working in concert with diabolical powers toward the subversion of Christian society.
This seemingly irrational obsession is well represented by printed and manuscript works held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Curated by RBML Graduate Assistant David Anthony Morris, this exhibition showcases a number of texts showing the rise and fall of the West's long history of fascination with witchcraft and demonology.
A website and a printed guide accompany the exhibition.