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Fairfax, Edward (d. 1635)

Fairfax, Edward (d. 1635)

An English scholar of the sixteenth century, translator of Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata and author of Daemonologia: A Dis-course on Witchcraft, in which he claims that in 1621 two of his daughters were bewitched through the malice of six witches. In his preface to the book Fairfax describes himself as neither a "fantastic Puritan nor a superstitious Papist, but so settled in conscience that I have the sure ground of God's word to warrant all I believe "

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Dictionary of National Biography. London: Oxford University Press, 1953.

Fairfax, Edward. Daemonologia: A Discourse on Witchcraft. Harrogate, England: R. Ackrill, 1882. Reprint, New York: Barnes & Noble, 1971.

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Fairfax, Edward

Edward Fairfax, 1580?–1635, English translator. His excellent translation of Tasso's Gerusalemme liberta was published in 1600 under the title Godfrey of Buloigne. He also wrote a Discourse on Witchcraft (1621), in which he interpreted the seizures of his two young daughters as the result of witchcraft.

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