Magical Treasure Hunting in Europe and North America: A History

Magical Treasure Hunting in Europe and North America: A History

by J. Dillinger


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230000049
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 11/22/2011
Series: Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JOHANNES DILLINGER Teaches Early Modern History at the Universities of Mainz, Germany,and Oxford Brookes, UK. He has published extensively on the history of the estates, peasant culture and magic. His work won him a number of prestigious awards and scholarships, among others the Heisenberg Scholarship for outstanding researchers and the Spee Award for major contributions to the history of witchcraft.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Abbreviations and Acronyms vii

Introduction: Treasures and Magic 1

1 The Treasure in Law and Early Archaeology 9

2 Medieval Treasure Lore 28

3 The Magical Treasure and Its Guardians 53

4 Treasure Hunters' Magic 85

5 The Authorities' Attitude towards Treasure Hunting 114

6 The Social Background of Treasure Hunters 147

7 Treasure Hunts in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 175

8 The Significance of Treasure Hunting: Past and Present 190

Conclusion 204

Notes 209

Sources 234

Index 246

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