Narratives of Sorcery and Magic: Volume 1

Narratives of Sorcery and Magic: Volume 1 : From the Most Authentic Sources

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The English historian and antiquary Thomas Wright (1810-70) co-founded and joined a number of antiquarian and literary societies. He was greatly interested in Old English, Middle English and Anglo-Norman texts, and in the 1840s and 1850s he published widely within these areas. Gradually his focus shifted to the archaeology of Roman Britain and to Anglo-Saxon cemeteries. Although much of Wright's research has been completely superseded, his work is still considered worth consulting, as he collected material not readily available elsewhere. This two-volume 1851 publication is testimony to Wright's interest in folklore, sorcery and legend. In Volume 1 the author accounts of sorcery across Europe, and he considers the legendary Dr Faustus as an archetypal magician who called 'the demon'. Wright also discusses the place of the occult in England during and after the Reformation, writing about magicians such as John Dee, and describing King James I's views on witchcraft.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139176358
  • 9781139176354

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1. Introduction; 2. Story of the lady Alice Kyteler; 3. Further political usage of the belief in sorcery. The Templars; 4. Sorcery in France. The citizens of Arras; 5. The lord of Mirebeau and Pierre d'Estaing the alchemist; 6. The earlier medieval type of the sorcerer. Virgil the enchanter; 7. The later medieval types of the magician. Friar Bacon and Dr Faustus; 8. Sorcery in Germany in the fifteenth century. The Malleus Maleficarum; 9. Witchcraft in Scotland in the sixteenth century; 10. King James and the witches of Lothian; 11. Magic in England during the age of the Reformation; 12. The English magicians. Dr Dee and his followers; 13. The witches of Warboys; 14. The poetry of witchcraft; 15. Witchcraft in France in the sixteenth century; 16. Pierre de Lancre and the witches of Labourd; 17. Magic in Spain. The auto-da-fe of Logrono.
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