I Elder Kindreds and Indo-Europeans
Megalithic cultures, Basques and Iberians, Sámi. Grandmother Stones: female statue menhirs: France, Portugal, Lunigiana, Foggia, . Los idolillos. Indo-European patriarchy, conquests and migrations. Cultural strata and hybridization. The Tribe of Danand. Bronze age Denmark.
II Pythias, Melissae and Pharmakides
Pre-Hellenic cultures. Primordial Goddess cosmologies. The Moirae. Pythias, the Black Doves, and other oracular women. Melissae. Greek patriarchy. Demonizing the women of Lemnos. Priestesses, and displacement. Female Philosophers and Poets. Mythic Conquests. Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone. Kybele and Rhea. Maenads and Bacchantes. Greek witches and witch persecutions. Circe, Medea, Hekate.
III Tribal Europe: Iberia, Celtia, Germania
Las diademadas and the boar-tusk diadems of France. The women of Vix and Reinheim. Gaulish and British Goddesses. Gaulish Senae and druias and uidlua, Irish banfáith, Welsh gwiddonod. Tailtiu, the witch Tlachtga, and the priestess of Dubad. Geis and dynghet: women's words of power. Germanic seeresses. Veleda's Revolt. Matronae and Matres: Gaulish and British art under Roman domination. The Goddess in Ireland.
IV Sybils, Sagae, and Roman Patriarchy
Italy before the Roman domination: Veneti, Daunia, Adriatic. Etruscan women, hatrencu, and the seeress Tanaquil. Sibyls and Vestals. Patria Potestas: Roman patriarchy. Searching for Diana. Bona Dea, the Women's Mysteries on the Aventine, and the first great witch hunt. Slaves and witches. Priestesses under the empire: Celtic and Lusitanian tribes, the Sicilian slave insurrections. Boudicca of the Iceni, Veleda of the Bructerii.
V Book I Magna Mater and the New Religion
The Great Goddess. The sage Yeshua. Witchcraft and Wisdom in Jewish tradition. Judaea under Roman occupation. Mariamme of Migdal. Paulianity and the scriptural roots of anti-Semitism. Early Christian women. Aall-male priesthood and virginity cult: rape, martyrs, and sorcery. Thecla. Pagan infusions: the Kollyrdians and Phrygian prophetesses. Persecutions and atrocity propaganda. Gnostics, Sophia, and the Divine Barbelo. Doctrines of female flaw. Ruha d'Qudsha. Magdalene of the Gnostics.
Book II The Imperial Church
Constantine and a dominance world order. Attacks on women. Attacks on Jews. Attacks on "heretics:" Donatists, Manichaeans, Spanish Gnostics. Burning books, and people. Sosipatra. Theotokos. War on pagans: religio illicita, temple destruction and the Theodosian code. The sorcery charge. Hypatía of Alexandria. Cultural repression in the provinces. Temples into churches. The Goddess veiled. Sacramental dance, trance, and the dianaticae. Byzantine hunts
VI Women in a Time of Overlords
Conquest, slavery and serfdom. Spear side against Spindle side: patriarchal law. Gudrun, a Gothic Medea. Conversion by decree. Shrine destruction, flogging and enslaving pagans. The bishop's rod: politics of canon law and penitential books. Culture wars against the diviners, "idolatry," and the Noce di Benevento. Missionaries on pagan frontiers. The prophetess Libusha. Kings vs. witches: early persecutions. Fredegond and Brunhilde. Herbs, knots, and contraception. Indexing paganism. The First Reich, Vasconia and Saxony. Carolingian sexual politics. Cloister walls. Pagans into sorcerers.
VIII Priestcraft in The Sword-Age
Pagan dances, sacred stones, holy waters. Sheela-na-gigs. Black Madonnas. Labyrinths. Serfdom. Female "serfs of the body." Resistance in witchcraft and apocryphal saints. Sword-age, wind-age, wolf-age: wars of conversion in Sclavonia, Bohemia, Hungary, Poland, and Bulgaria. Theocrats, the Crusades, and pogroms. Gregorian "reform": booting priests' wives and children, shrinking the nuns' portion. Hildegarde. Staraya Vyera: the "old faith" in Russia. Völurfall: conversion of Scandinavia
IX Under Seige
Rebellions: the communes, Cathars, and Stedingers. Witch burnings. Accusing the Jews: the blood libel, pogrom,s and expulsions. Female livelihoods and liabilities. Battering. Women's work. Prostitution, marriage, and courtly love. Cloistered women. Theologians and diabolism. The Inquisition and spread of judicial torture. Crusades against heretics. Crusades against the Pagans in northeast Europe. Dvoeverie: "double faith" in Russia. Seeking the Chalice: Kundry. Vivienne, and Morgaine.
X The Witches’ Goddess
The Old Goddess. Spinners and megaliths. Holle, Laima, Ileana. Andra Mari of the Basques. Fatas and Faeries. The Moundfolk. The Good Women Who Go By Night. Mab and the Queen of Elfame. The Tregenda of spirits and witches. Starting spells. Faery dances. The Serpent in the Mound: Sapiente Sibillia, Áine, the vouivre. Sanctuaries: Margot la fée, the Fair Ladies, and huldres. Faery lovers: selkies, samodivy, and Mélusine. Baba Yaga. Una the elf-woman. Habetrot.
XI The Sorcery Charge
Demise of the Canon Episcopi. Witch persecutions by lords, bishops, magistrates and inquisitors. The Grand Inquisitor of Toulouse. The Inquitor of Aragón. The Society of Diana. Harmful sorcery and ecclesiastical curses. Scourges: war, famine, plague, pogroms. Peasant and worker revolts. Inquisitorial wars in the western Alps. Heathen North: Lithuania, Finland, Sámi.
XII Female Spheres of Power
Rites of hearth and field. Sweathouses. Sacraments of grain and flax. Charmers. Spells of the Nine Maidens. Elfbolts. Healers and medical women. The Free Sisterhoods: Beguines and women's lay communities, the Free Spirit "heresy." Dancers, festivals, and trance dance transformed by accusation of madness or possession. Women, power and danger. La Sorcière.
XIII Witch Hunts
Conflagration. Flying ointments. Jeanne d'Arc. Diabolism, vauderie, and devil-sex. Sexual torture. War on the streghe. Nations of witches: Italy, Britain, Low Countries, Germany, Hungary, Russia. The Romany. Hunting the Jews and "blood purity." Basque Xorguiñas and Spanish Celestinas. Witch-lynchings. Malleus Maleficarum, misogyny, and "witch-midwives." Inquisitorial witch hunts. Witch-finders. Protestant and Catholic mass hunts. Peasant revolts.
XIV The Terror
Patterns of persecution. Women. Elders. Queers. Poor and disabled people. Wisewomen: healers, diviners, weather-witches. Reign of the Demonologists, and their pornography. The rapish search for witch-marks. Exorcists. The Spanish Inquisition. Italy, Savoy, Switzerland, Germany, Britain, Scandinavia. Colonial inquisitions. "Superstition." Midsummer fires. Hungary. Midwives again. Witch-finders again. Hag hunt. Silencing: witches' bridles.
XV Europe’s Madness
The crucible of Western Civilization. Witch accusation as a weapon against women. Demonizing darkness. The class factor. Male victims. The role of doctors. Women possessed: convent outbreaks, and young accusers. Euskalerri, France, Germany, Scotland, England, Italy, Spain, Portugal. Colonial hunts: North and South America. Hunts in northern and eastern Europe.
The survival of folk witchcraft. Legacies of the hunts. Tales of pagan redemption. Banishing of the spirits. The Goddess demonized. Late witch hunts. From Bluebeard to Blackstone. Interpreting witchcraft and the hunts. Numbers. The new inquisitors. Witch accusation and social controls on women. Poisoned wells: The witch in popular culture. Witch as shaman. Resurgence of old heritages.