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Published: 09 February 2017

328 Pages | 120 black & white illustrations, 16pp colour plate section


ISBN: 9780199608447

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The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic

Edited by Owen Davies

Oxford Illustrated History

  • The story of witchcraft and magic - from the ancient world to Harry Potter
  • Covers 4000 years of magical practices and ideas in the West, from the first examples of spells written on clay tablets in the ancient world
  • Explores the magical beliefs of the Roman, Greeks, Jews, and early Christians - and the role of the Arabs in preserving the magical knowledge of the Ancients
  • Investigates what the archives really tell us about the witch trials of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • Tells the story of post-Enlightenment magic and the rise of Wicca in the twentieth century
  • Examines the the anthropology of magic around the globe, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries
  • Looks at the cinematic portrayal of witches and magicians, from The Wizard of Oz to Buffy the Vampire Slayer