Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Dr. John L. Gordon
This is a study of the social and legal aspects of witchcraft in the British colonies of Virginia and Bermuda. It involves an analysis of the community and institutional structure of each of these settlements, as well as an investigation of the cultural understanding of the concept of witchcraft. The intensity with which witches in Bermuda were prosecuted, as compared with Virginia is due to several factors, including the higher level of community cohesiveness, the discord among religious groups and the rationale of the political leaders.
Collier, Leigh Anne, "The social and legal aspects of colonial witchcraft : a comparison of Virginia and Bermuda" (2004). Honors Theses. 352.