Stephan Bachter has studied folklore, history, cultural anthropology and educational science at the universities of Augsburg, Munich and Trento. In 1997 he obtained his MA in folklore science at the University of Augsburg with a dissertation on German travellers to Italy in the eighteenth century. Since 2000 he has been working at the University of Munich. He teaches and publishes on occultism in the modern period, prophecy and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Bavarian outlaws. He is currently working on the history of German grimoires.
Jonathan Barry is Senior Lecturer in History and Head of the School of Historical, Political and Sociological Studies at the University of Exeter. He has published widely on urban society and culture in early modern and eighteenth-century England. He is co-editor of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 1996), and is currently preparing volumes on Witchcraft and Demonology in South-West England (University of Exeter Press) and Religion in Bristol c. 1640–1775 (Redcliffe Press).
Willem de Blécourt is Honorary Research Fellow at the Huizinga Institute of Cultural History, Amsterdam. He has written numerous articles on witchcraft, popular culture and irregular medicine, published in Dutch, German and English journals such as Social History, Medical History and Gender & History. His most recent book is Het Amazonenleger [The Army of Amazons] (1999), which deals with irregular female healers in the Netherlands, 1850–1930. He is currently writing a book on werewolves to be published by London and Hambledon Press. He is also working on a history of witchcraft in the Netherlands and editing a volume of essays about witchcraft and the body.
Owen Davies is a Lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire. He has published numerous articles on the history of witchcraft and magic in eighteenth- and nineteenthcentury England and Wales. He is also the author of Witchcraft, Magic and Culture 1736–1951 (Manchester University Press, 1999), and A People Bewitched (1999). His most recent book is Cunning-Folk: Popular Magic in English History (2003).
Sabine Doering-Manteuffel is Professor of Folklore at the University of Augsburg. She previously studied anthropology, folklore, history and philosophy at the Universities of Cologne and Bonn. She has been a visiting researcher in Vienna, Paris and St John's, Newfoundland. Between 1987 and 1991 she helped co-ordinate a major oral history research project 'Grenzgeschichten. Berichte aus dem Niemandsland', the results of which were published in 1991. She has published widely on regional history, oral history, propaganda and the printing press, neo-paganism and social movements. Her most recent research project concerns magic and the Enlightenment.
Augusto Ferraiuolo is a cultural anthropologist at the Dipartimento di Salute Mentale, Capua, Italy. He works on narratives, ritual, festival and religion, connected with identities. His most recent book, based on work on the Inquisition records of Capua, is Pro exoneratione sua propria coscientia. Atti di denuncia per stregoneria nella Capua del XVI–XVIII secolo (2000).
Brian Hoggard is a history graduate and independent researcher from Worcester, England. He has been working on the archaeology and history of folk magic since 1998. His