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The 4000-year story of witchcraft and magic - from the ancient world to Harry Potter... and beyond...
While pre-modern Europe is often seen as having an 'enchanted' or 'magical' worldview, the full implications of such labels remain inconsistently explored. This collection offers one method of demystifying this world of everyday magic.
Why spiritual and supernatural yearnings, even investigations into the occult, flourished in the era of rationalist philosophy.
The Rise of Alchemy in Fourteenth-Century England: Plantagenet Kings and the Search for the Philosopher\'s Stone
Explores the importance of alchemy and its links to the occult in the period between 1320 and 1400. This title synthesizes various aspects of alchemy and shows its contribution to intellectual, social and political life in the fourteenth century. It also explores manuscripts to reveal the daily routines of the...
A collection of essays examining medieval and early modern texts aimed at performing magic or receiving illumination via the mediation of angels. Includes discussion of Jewish, Christian and Muslim texts.