Witchcraft and the occult sciences are areas which have benefited from the spread of more sophisticated cultural studies in recent years. The old debate as to whether or not witches were really believed to exist has collapsed in the face of the bodies of evidence suggesting a widespread acceptance of the occult in a notionally Christian Europe. This wide-ranging documentary anthology shows the pan European nature of the phenomenon, its spread through all classes and its importance in people's thinking about the natural world. It covers magic, witchcraft, astrology, alchemy and other related occult themes and presents them, not as disparate elements of folkloric belief and intellectual aberrations, but as parts of a coherent world view, argued in accordance with its given basic principles. This collection is drawn from a wide range of authors from the early modern period and includes many newly translated documents which appear in English.
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'This is an excellent collection of sources which documents the extraordinary interest in what we now call occult studies or occult sciences in the Early Modern period...' - Paregon
'Tommaso Campanella, Paaracelsus, Pierre Bayle, Jean Bodin, Spinoza, and many others are represented in this well-structured and informative anthology.' - International Review of Biblical Studies
'An interesting collection of documents which give access to significant historical source material.' - Tim Megarry, University of Greenwich
P.G. MAXWELL-STUART is Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen.
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