Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century England (Penguin History)

Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century England (Penguin History)

Keith Thomas


Witchcraft, astrology, divination, and each form of well known magic flourished in England throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from the idea blessed amulet may possibly hinder the attacks of the satan to using a similar charms to get well stolen items. whilst the Protestant Reformation tried to take the magic out of faith, and scientists have been constructing new factors of the universe. Keith Thomas's vintage research of ideals hung on each point of English society starts off with the cave in of the medieval Church and ends with the altering highbrow surroundings round 1700, whilst technological know-how and rationalism started to problem the older structures of belief.

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