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A source of terror, a misogynistic image of woman inherited from the trials and the pyres of the great Early Modern witch hunts—in In Defence of Witches, the witch is recast as a powerful role model to women today: an emblem of power, free to exist beyond the narrow limits society imposes on women.

Whether selling grimoires on Etsy, posting photos of their crystal-adorned altar on Instagram or gathering to cast spells on Donald Trump, witches are everywhere. But who exactly were the forebears of these modern witches? Who was historically accused of witchcraft, often meeting violent ends? What types of women have been censored, eliminated, repressed over the centuries?

Mona Chollet takes three archetypes from historic witch hunts and examines how far women today have the same charges levelled against them: independent women; women who choose not to have children; and women who reject the idea that to age is a terrible thing. Finally, Chollet argues that by considering the lives of those who dared to live differently, we can learn more about the richness of roles available, just how many different things a woman can choose to be.

Translated from the French by Sophie R Lewis.

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©2022 Mona Chollet and Sophie R. Lewis (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited
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"What remains of the witch hunts? A stubborn misogyny, which still tints the way our societies look at single women, childless women, aging women, or quite simply, free women.... Today more than ever, witches tell us about our world and lead the way." (Télérama

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Fantastic

Absolutely brilliant. This book has made me look at the world in a completely different way, and how I look at things. Informative and interesting this is an amazing representation and opinion on the treatment of women throughout the ages and an interesting view of our treatment now, especially following the events in America 2022