The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic
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The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic

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This richly illustrated history provides a readable and fresh approach to the extensive and complex story of witchcraft and magic. Telling the story from the dawn of writing in the ancient world to the globally successful Harry Potter films, the authors explore a wide range of magical beliefs and practices, the rise of the witch trials, and the depiction of the Devil-worshipping witch.

The book also focuses on the more recent history of witchcraft and magic, from the Enlightenment to the present, exploring the rise of modern magic, the anthropology of magic around the globe, and finally the cinematic portrayal of witches and magicians, from The Wizard of Oz to Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 201 x 253 x 22mm | 936g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 120 black & white illustrations, 16pp colour plate section
  • 019960844X
  • 9780199608447
  • 185,148

Table of contents

Editor's Foreword
1: Peter Maxwell-Stuart: Magic in the Ancient World
2: Sophie Page: Medieval Magic
3: James Sharpe: The Demonologists
4: Rita Voltmer: The Witch Trials
5: Charles Zika: The Witch and Magician in European Art
6: Owen Davies: The World of Popular Magic
7: Owen Davies: The Rise of Modern Magic
8: Robert J. Wallis: Witchcraft and Magic in the Age of Anthropology
9: Willem de Blecourt: Witches on Screen
Further Reading
Picture acknowledgements
Index
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Review Text

As well as a masterly summary of Voltaires life, the reader gains a much better understanding of 18th-century France and Europe. David Lorimer, Network Review
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[A] richly illustrated collection ... readable and compelling ... this ambitious project presents a helpful, visually stimulating contribution that should find a home as supplemental reading material in relevant undergraduate courses. * Jodie Ann Vann, Nova Religio * If you are looking for a book about the history of witchcraft that is comprehensive and impeccably researched, but also well written and fascinating to read, then the new The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic is what you should pop out and buy ... The illustrations, which include colour plates, really add to the book. As a practising witch myself, a photograph of what an ancient magical item or spell really looks like is more use than just a
description. * Bad Witch * The breadth of knowledge shown here is impressive ... It informs, shocks, repulses and entertains ... The colour plates in the book are in turn sumptuous, beautiful and horrific a scholarly and impressive work * On Magazine (Yorkshire) * Another quality book from Oxford University Press ... beautifully and informatively illustrated ... a goldmine for anyone looking for information on witchcraft and magic and perhaps those looking for inspiration and some unusual little fact or nugget if they want to dabble in some fiction involving witches or magicians, dark or otherwise. * Ian Hunter, Concatenation * An absorbing and illuminating study... Owen Davies succeeds in delivering an excellent, extremely useful work. * Clive Prince, Magonia Review * As well as a masterly summary of Voltaires life, the reader gains a much better understanding of 18th-century France and Europe. * David Lorimer, Network Review *
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About Owen Davies

Owen Davies is Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire. He has written extensively on the history of magic, witchcraft, ghosts, and popular medicine, including The Haunted: A Social History of Ghosts (2007), Grimoires: A History of Magic Books (2009), Paganism: A Very Short Introduction (2011), Magic: A Very Short Introduction (2012), and most recently America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft after
Salem(2013).
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