Superstition and Magic in Early Modern Europe: A Reader by Bloomsbury

By Bloomsbury

Superstition and Magic in Early smooth Europe brings jointly a wealthy collection of essays which characterize an important old study on faith, magic and superstition in early glossy Europe. each one essay makes an important contribution to the historical past of magic and faith in its personal correct, whereas jointly they exhibit how debates over the subject have advanced over the years, offering precious highbrow, ancient, and socio-political context for readers drawing close 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 sluggish disintegration of the 'magical universe' within the face of medical, spiritual and useful competition. each one half is prefaced by means of an advent that gives an overview of the historiography and engages with contemporary scholarship and debate, surroundings the context for the essays that persist with and supplying a beginning for additional study.

This assortment is a useful toolkit for college kids of early smooth Europe, delivering either a targeted evaluation and a springboard for broader considering the underlying continuities and discontinuities that make the research of magic and superstition a perennially interesting topic.

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