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Superstition and Magic in Early glossy Europe brings jointly a wealthy choice of essays which signify crucial ancient examine on faith, magic and superstition in early smooth Europe. every one essay makes an important contribution to the background of magic and faith in its personal correct, whereas jointly they display how debates over the subject have advanced through the years, delivering helpful highbrow, ancient, and socio-political context for readers forthcoming the topic for the 1st time.

The essays are organised round 5 key subject matters and components of controversy. half One tackles superstition; half , the strain among miracles and magic; half 3, ghosts and apparitions; half 4, witchcraft and witch trials; and half 5, the slow disintegration of the 'magical universe' within the face of medical, spiritual and sensible competition. each one half is prefaced by way of an creation that gives an summary of the historiography and engages with fresh scholarship and debate, surroundings the context for the essays that stick with and delivering a beginning for extra study.

This assortment is a useful toolkit for college kids of early glossy Europe, offering either a targeted assessment and a springboard for broader brooding about the underlying continuities and discontinuities that make the research of magic and superstition a perennially attention-grabbing topic.

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