Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England
Publish date: August 14th 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 736
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
Well, I'm glad I bought this year when I was in Montreal. I almost didn't, but then I did. I'm really glad, I did. In fact, Penguin publishing ROCKS! Never doubt them!Thomas chronicles in easy to read prose the conflict and change among beliefs in magic and religion during the Tudor and Stuart p...
This is more a collection of topical papers than a continuous book. Some essays are stronger/more interesting/more convincing than others. A couple even contradict one another, leading me to suppose that the author wrote them some years apart. But it is well written and certainly worth picking up if...
Thomas sets the stage by describing economic and social conditions. During these two centuries, massive poverty and appalling health were the norm. Most children died before age six and the average life-span was only twentyseven so health was a concern. Every religion uses miracles or magic — perhap...
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