Witchcraft

Witchcraft

by Charles Williams PhD

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Overview

"These pages must stand for what they are-a brief account of the history of that perverted way of the soul which we call magic, and with the reaction against it. No one will derive any knowledge of initiation from this boook. I have not wished to titillate or to thrill; so far as I can manage it, this is history, and accurate history." -adapted from the Preface

Charles Williams was one of the finest-not to mention one of the most unusual-theologians of the twentieth century. His mysticism is palpable-the unseen world interpenetrates ours at every point, and spiritual exchange occurs all the time, unseen and largely unlooked for. His novels are legend, and as a member of the Inklings, he contributed to the mythopoetic revival in contemporary culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976402572
Publisher: Apocryphile Press
Publication date: 10/01/2005
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Author and scholar Charles Williams (1886-1945) joined, in 1908, the staff of the Oxford University Press, the publishing house in which he worked for the rest of his life. Throughout these years, poetry, novels, plays, biographies, history, literary criticism, and theology poured from his pen. At the beginning of the Second World War the publishing house was evacuated to Oxford where, in addition to his own writing and his editorial work for the Press, he taught in the University.

Table of Contents

I The Background 13

II The Arrival of the Devil 36

III The Dark Ages 60

IV Witchcraft and Heresy 76

V The Centuries of the Noble Trials 93

VI The Malleus Maleficarum 123

VII The Goetic Life 153

VIII The Grand War 173

IX In England 189

X The Philosophical and Literary Movement 221

XI The Suspension of Belief 247

XII Salem 276

XIII Conclusion 295

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