“Satanism and Witchcraft (originally La Sorcière) is a book by Jules Michelet on the history of witchcraft, published, originally in French, in 1862. The first English translation was published in London in 1863. According to Michelet, medieval witchcraft was an act of popular rebellion against the oppression of feudalism and the Roman Catholic Church. This rebellion took the form of a secret religion inspired by paganism and fairy beliefs, organized by a woman who became its leader. The participants in the secret religion met regularly at the witches’ sabbath and the Black Mass. Michelet’s account is openly sympathetic to the sufferings of peasants and women in the Middle Ages.
According to Michelet, in a note added to the end of the book:
The object of my book was purely to give, not a history of Sorcery, but a simple and impressive formula of the Sorceress’s way of life, which my learned predecessors darken by the very elaboration of their scientific methods and the excess of detail. My strong point is to start, not from the devil, from an empty conception, but from a living reality, the Sorceress, a warm, breathing reality, rich in results and possibilities. (Michelet, p. 326)”
The first half of the book is basically a beautiful fictional tale of what our ancestors may have been thinking. The second half gives trial accounts of what actually happened, that fit into the fictional tale. It is a beautiful book, and you can find it on Sacred Texts. Read it with a saltblock at your side, and become inspired!