ISBN-10:
0742533875
ISBN-13:
9780742533875
Pub. Date:
12/28/2006
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Magic and Superstition in Europe: A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present / Edition 1

Magic and Superstition in Europe: A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present / Edition 1

by Michael D. Bailey

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Magic and Superstition in Europe: A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present / Edition 1

The only comprehensive, single-volume survey of magic available, this compelling book traces the history of magic, witchcraft, and superstitious practices such as popular spells or charms from antiquity to the present day. Focusing especially on Europe in the medieval and early modern eras, Michael Bailey also explores the ancient Near East, classical Greece and Rome, and the spread of magical systems-particularly modern witchcraft or Wicca-from Europe to the United States. He examines how magic and superstition have been defined in various historical eras, and how these constructions have changed over time. He considers the ways in which specific categories of magic have been condemned, and how those identified as magicians or witches have been I persecuted and prosecuted in various societies. Although conceptions of magic have changed over time, the author shows how magic has almost always served as a boundary marker separating socially acceptable actions from illicit ones, and more generally the known and understood from the unknown and occult.

About the Author:
Michael D. Bailey is assistant professor of history at Iowa State University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742533875
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Series: Critical Issues in World and International History Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,106,029
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Michael D. Bailey is assistant professor of history at Iowa State University.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Roots in the Ancient World     9
The Rise of Christianity and Early Medieval Europe to the Year 1000     43
Varieties of Magic in the High and Late Middle Ages, 1000-1500     77
The Medieval Condemnation of Magic, 1000-1500     107
Witchcraft and Witch Hunting in the Early Modern Period, 1500-1800     141
From Renaissance to Enlightenment, 1450-1800     179
Magic in the Modern West from 1800     215
Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading     249
Index     263
About the Author     275

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