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Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Middle Ages

Jolly, Karen; Raudvere, Catharina; & Peters, Edward (ed.by Ankarloo & Clark)

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ISBN 10: 0812236165 / ISBN 13: 9780812236163
Published by University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA, 2002
Condition: Very Good - Hardcover
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280pp.incl.index; HB blue w/gilt; rubbed&bowed w/scuff&dampstain; some ripple; usual library markings, stickerrs, etc.; other than ripple, clean,tight pgs. "The aim of this volume is to demostrate how a common European concept of magic ewmerged durint the Middle Ages. " Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 026929

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Title: Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Middle ...

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good -

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st U.S..

Book Type: Ex-Library

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During the Middle Ages a shared European concept of magic emerged. In the early period, pagan beliefs and practices were absorbed into everyday culture, including the rituals of the Church. The rise of the practice of "white magic" in the twelfth century became so popular that it caused a widespread determination in the Church to condemn any unsanctioned beliefs or practices. The Church and state, both centralized powers in a decentralized Europe, gradually sharpened their attitude toward magic in general, and sorcery and witchcraft in particular, paving the way for the violent outbreaks of witch persecutions in early modern Europe.

Witchcraft and Magic in Europe combines the traditional approaches of political, legal, and social historians with a critical synthesis of cultural anthropology, historical psychology, and gender studies. The series, complete in six volumes, provides a modern, scholarly survey of the supernatural beliefs of Europeans from ancient times to the present day. Each volume of this ambitious six-volume series contains the work of distinguished scholars chosen for their expertise in a particular era or region.

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Bengt Ankarloo is Professor of History at Lund University, Sweden. Stuart Clark is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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