Magic and Superstition in Europe A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present

ISBN-10: 0742533875
ISBN-13: 9780742533875
Edition: 2006
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Description: The only comprehensive, single-volume survey of magic available, this compelling book traces the history of magic and superstition in Europe from antiquity to the present. Focusing mainly on the medieval and early modern era, Michael Bailey also  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The only comprehensive, single-volume survey of magic available, this compelling book traces the history of magic and superstition in Europe from antiquity to the present. Focusing mainly on the medieval and early modern era, Michael Bailey also explores the ancient Near East, classical Greece and Rome, and the spread of magical systemsparticularly modern witchcraft or Wiccafrom Europe to the United States. He explains how magic was understood, constructed, and frequently condemned and how magical beliefs and practices have changed over time yet also remain vital even today.

Michael D. Bailey is Associate Professor of History at Iowa State University. He is the author of Battling Demons: Witchcraft, Heresy, and Reform in the Late Middle Ages ; Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft ; and Magic and Superstition in Europe: A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present .

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