The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic

Hardcover | February 6, 2017

EditorOwen Davies

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This richly illustrated history provides a readable and fresh approach to the extensive and complex story of witchcraft and magic. Telling the story from the dawn of writing in the ancient world to the globally successful Harry Potter films, the authors explore a wide range of magical beliefsand practices, the rise of the witch trials, and the depiction of the Devil-worshipping witch. The book also focuses on the more recent history of witchcraft and magic, from the Enlightenment to the present, exploring the rise of modern magic, the anthropology of magic around the globe, and finally the cinematic portrayal of witches and magicians, from The Wizard of Oz to Charmed and Buffythe Vampire Slayer.

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This richly illustrated history provides a readable and fresh approach to the extensive and complex story of witchcraft and magic. Telling the story from the dawn of writing in the ancient world to the globally successful Harry Potter films, the authors explore a wide range of magical beliefsand practices, the rise of the witch trials,...

Owen Davies is Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire. He has written extensively on the history of magic, witchcraft, ghosts, and popular medicine, including The Haunted: A Social History of Ghosts (2007), Grimoires: A History of Magic Books (2009), Paganism: A Very Short Introduction (2011), Magic: A Very Shor...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.98 inPublished:February 6, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019960844X

ISBN - 13:9780199608447

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword1. Peter Maxwell-Stuart: Magic in the Ancient World2. Sophie Page: Medieval Magic3. James Sharpe: The Demonologists4. Rita Voltmer: The Witch Trials5. Charles Zika: The Witch and Magician in European Art6. Owen Davies: The World of Popular Magic7. Owen Davies: The Rise of Modern Magic8. Robert J. Wallis: Witchcraft and Magic in the Age of Anthropology9. Willem de Blecourt: Witches on ScreenFurther ReadingPicture acknowledgementsIndex