Religion and the Decline of Magic

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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 could prevent the assaults of the Devil to the use of the same 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140137446
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 133.094209031
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 880
Weight: 596g
Height: 196mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 36mm