Witches

The unbeaten power of women.

Whether they're selling grimoires on Etsy, posting photos of their crystal-adorned altars on Instagram, or getting together to cast spells on Donald Trump, witches are everywhere. More than their older counterparts in the 1970s, current feminists seem haunted by this figure. The witch is at once the absolute victim, the one for whom one claims justice, and the obstinate rebel, elusive. But who were the ones who, in Renaissance Europe, were accused of witchcraft? What types of woman have these centuries of terror censored, eliminated, repressed?

This book explores three of them and examines what remains of them today, in our prejudices and our representations: the independent woman - since widows and singles were particularly targeted; the woman without children - since the hunting season marked the end of tolerance for those who claimed to control their fertility; and the old woman - who has become, and has remained since, an object of horror.

Finally, it will also be a question of the world view that the witch hunt has served to promote, the warlike relationship that has developed with regard to both women and nature: a double curse that still remains to be lifted.