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By Michael D. Bailey

the one accomplished, single-volume survey of magic to be had, this compelling ebook strains the background of magic, witchcraft, and superstitious practices akin to renowned spells or charms from antiquity to the current day. Focusing specially on Europe within the medieval and early smooth eras, Michael Bailey additionally explores the traditional close to East, classical Greece and Rome, and the unfold of magical systems_particularly sleek witchcraft or Wicca_from Europe to the USA. He examines how magic and superstition were outlined in a number of historic eras and the way those structures have replaced over the years. He considers the ways that particular different types of magic were condemned, and the way these pointed out as magicians or witches were persecuted and prosecuted in a variety of societies. even if conceptions of magic have replaced over the years, the writer indicates how magic has quite often served as a boundary marker setting apart socially appropriate activities from illicit ones, and extra quite often the recognized and understood from the unknown and occult.

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