October 09, 2005

Religion and the decline of magic

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4 out of 5 stars

I would have said that this book is almost required reading for anyone interested in the history of magic in the UK. Yes, it's getting on a bit – and there are bits of it which have been superceded by other research, but still, it's important enough that I've replaced it at least once (lend ye not books to students who move away…).

It takes a good look at exactly what the title says – how magic declined in popularity (perhaps questionable, but in terms of his definition of the term, "magic", a valid premise) – and also how long that decline actually took.


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  1. Dee

    Hi Janet,
    I'm glad to find a similar fan..
    But I have to ask you, do you have any idea what the picture on the front of the old (1971 book – I think) is..? I used to love it as a child, and have no idea where it is, or if I could find it. Fo you have any idea?

    It is a Northern Renaissance picture, I think called 'liebermagic' / love magic & features a 'sky–cald' lady doing some kind of 'magic' with an adoring looking man in the background, by her door..

    Any idea?

    Dee

    15 May 2006, 16:57

  2. janet

    Hi,

    The back says it's from Der Liebeszauber, a painting of the lower Rhenish Scool, c. 1500 :)

    /janet who can't be bothered to log in :)

    15 May 2006, 17:04

  3. Dee

    Thankyou sooo much ~

    15 May 2006, 17:35


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