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Inhaltsangabe: Astrology, witchcraft, magical healing, divination, ancient prophecies, ghosts, and fairies were taken very seriously by people at all social and economic levels in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Helplessness in the face of disease and human disaster helped to perpetuate this belief in magic and the supernatural. As Keith Thomas shows, England during these years resembled in many ways today's "underdeveloped areas." The English population was exceedingly liable to pain, sickness, and premature death; many were illiterate; epidemics such as the bubonic plague plowed through English towns, at times cutting the number of London's inhabitants by a sixth; fire was a constant threat; the food supply was precarious; and for most diseases there was no effective medical remedy.
In this fascinating and detailed book, Keith Thomas shows how magic, like the medieval Church, offered an explanation for misfortune and a means of redress in times of adversity. The supernatural thus had its own practical utility in daily life. Some forms of magic were challenged by the Protestant Reformation, but only with the increased search for scientific explanation of the universe did the English people begin to abandon their recourse to the supernatural.
Science and technology have made us less vulnerable to some of the hazards which confronted the people of the past. Yet Religion and the Decline of Magic concludes that "if magic is defined as the employment of ineffective techniques to allay anxiety when effective ones are not available, then we must recognize that no society will ever be free from it."
Inhaltsangabe: In this detailed, scholarly and immensely facsinating book, Sir Keith Thomas has analysed the thoughts and practices of an age when the supernatural was such a real and important part of men's lives.
Titel: Religion and the Decline of Magic
Zustand: very good
Buchbeschreibung Scribner's, 1986. Paperback. Buchzustand: Acceptable. NOT ex-library. Some highlighting & underlining throughout. Binding tight. Buchnummer des Verkäufers mon0000313202
Buchbeschreibung Scribner's. Paperback. Buchzustand: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2734946483
Buchbeschreibung Scribner's. Paperback. Buchzustand: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2750244070
Buchbeschreibung Scribner's. Paperback. Buchzustand: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2750244218
Buchbeschreibung Scribner's. Paperback. Buchzustand: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2752383924
Buchbeschreibung Scribner's, 1986. Paperback. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Underlining in text, pb,AND AS ALWAYS SHIPPED IN 24 HOURS; and emailed to you a USPS tracking number on all orders; all books are sanitized and cleaned for your protection before mailing. PLEASE NOTE OVER SEAS BUYERS if the book extra large or heavy there will be additional postage due to the new US Postage rates. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 170331006
Buchbeschreibung Scribner's, 1986. Paperback. Buchzustand: Used: Acceptable. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0684145421
Buchbeschreibung Scribner's, U.S.A., 1971. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. 1971 copyright, later printing. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 081327
Buchbeschreibung Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1971. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. 716 pp., 8vo. Paperback. A history of the systems of belief in 16th & 17th century England. Light scuffing & shelfwear to covers & spine; price sticker to rear cover. Slight soiling to textblock edges. Pgs clean & crisp. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 157067
Buchbeschreibung Scribner's 1986-04-01, 1986. Paperback. Buchzustand: Fair. 0684145421 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Buchnummer des Verkäufers POTM-0684145421