Religion and the Decline of Magic

Religion and the Decline of Magic

Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century England

Book - 1991
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Witchcraft, astrology, divination and every kind of popular magic flourished in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from the belief that a blessed amulet of wax could prevent the assaults of the Devil to the use of charms to recover stolen goods. At the same time the Protestant Reformation attempted to take the magic out of religion, and scientists were developing new explanations of the universe. Keith Thomas's classic analysis of beliefs held on every level of English society begins with the collapse of the medieval Church and ends with the changing intellectual atmosphere around 1700, when science and rationalism began to challenge the older systems of belief.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1991
ISBN: 9780140137446
0140137440
Characteristics: xx, 853 p. ; 20 cm

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